"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today is "Black Friday" and I did not shop today. I just can't do it. I just can't put myself out there. If you feel like I do and detest how mean-spirited people have become over saving a buck, why not buy your gifts from local small businesses this year. Or better yet, buy from local artists and give gifts that were made with love and actually help support local families and economies. That is my plan.
In my 44 years of living, the very best gifts I ever received where those made by others. I marveled at the talent of other people and it helped me to develop my own talents along the way. I am always working on developing my art.
Sometimes you can barter with artists. Say you haven't any money this year but would love to give someone a nice gift. Barter with an artist. You never know what you can trade for something. All I am saying is it doesn't hurt to ask.