Could We Use a Holiday Reboot?
I was watching the local news reporting on the early morning happenings of Black Friday, and there again was a tussle of sorts between two women over some major bargain items. I thought to myself, here we go again.
Now I know that for many holiday shoppers, the whole Black Friday thing is like planning for an exciting, wild adventure into the jungles of retail opportunity, starting with the camp-out of course.
Yet as I watched the news segment, I saw many whose faces did not reflect the thrill of the hunt, but more the annoyance of being caught in the thicket while being jabbed with prickly branches.
These events have now become the holiday habit – the reigning ritual. This is what we’re suppose to do…this is what it’s all about…really?
Habits and rituals are easy to create. In all areas of life, we create them consciously and unconsciously. No matter how they’re created, they end up controlling us, sometimes to our benefit and sometimes not.
Retailers count on our holiday habits to boost their revenue, and this year they certainly need it.
Yet, as I viewed that news segment, I couldn’t help but wonder if what we really need is a habit or pattern interruption as we say in the world of NLP –- in essence, a holiday reboot.
Might we be in need of a reset in how we approach the holiday season from gift-giving to how we spend time with our family, friends, and colleagues?
How about taking ourselves off automatic and making a conscious effort to step back and give thoughtful consideration to what we really want our holiday season to be like? How about rebooting our expectation regarding what should and should not happen?
Do we really want to be the person giving the slight arm jab to a fellow shopper as we wrestle for that last discounted coat? Or bundled up in the sleeping bag in the Best Buy parking lot, when we could be bundled up in bed instead?
How about saving bundles of cash with non-tangible gifts or homemade goodies? There are many wonderfully creative ways to give gifts as we spread love and cheer this holiday season. I always looked forward to getting the homemade peanut brittle, chocolate dipped pretzels, and hand crocheted tree ornaments from my grandma-in-law. They filled my heart and spirit in ways no other gifts could.
How about taking on this approach as our wild adventure? I bet it would be a lot more fun and thrilling and add to the merry and the joyous this holiday season!