Friday is known by the news media (mostly) as black Friday. Just because the stores want to make record sales and the news media wants us all in a state of frenzy, I refuse to go to sales. I refuse to buy anything on black Friday that has anything to do with the holidays or giving gifts. To me, buying presents at a huge discount is not what the holidays are about. I'd rather skip the whole season. I'd rather not celebrate with gifts than buy into this media madness under the guise of what was originally the celebration in my religious upbringing -- as the birth of Jesus. I'm not a crazy Christian. I believe that Jesus symbolizes reverence for life, compassion and love for human kind. If more people embodied those Jesus-y qualities, this world would be a far better place.
So instead of sitting on a cold sidewalk near a shopping mall, warming my hands by lighter, waiting for stores to open so I can buy a fitty cent TV for everyone in my family, I'm going to celebrate a National Day of Listening.
Stick around. I may call you to ask you some questions.
If you want to take part in this year's National Day of Listening, conduct an interview with someone you know and blog about the experience.
Here are some tips:
- 1. Let your fingers do the talking! Include details about why the National Day of Listening is meaningful for you and how you plan to participate.
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If I could, I'd interview my Grandma Nellie who I was named after though I never met. She died when my father was young, about 6 years old. I'd also love to talk to my mom's mom, G - Lois which is what I liked to call her ala P. Diddy. And of course, I miss my dad. Instead I have to find a living human with which to have a conversation. A way to honor that person's existence, their life, dreams. Who can it be now?
On the other hand, I am extremely thankful for the people in my life and more than extremely thankful to be alive to appreciate all of you.
Now go away and find someone to talk to, to question about their life, and then, ask them about themselves instead of thinking about your stuff as usual. And just for this once, listen instead of thinking about what you're going to say in response.
And you thought I didn't know you.