I know a lot of people who like to say they hate "stuff," they don't need material things to be happy, they have learned to appreciate the people and memories in life. Etc, etc, etc.
I agree with it all. People are more important than things and happiness isn't found on a shelf. But there's still no denying - I love to shop.
I disagree that the ideas are mutually exclusive. A person can love to shop and still appreciate all that she has.
I spent some money on Black Friday, Cyber Monday...and all the surrounding days. On stuff for other people, and yes, on stuff for myself.
Today is Giving Tuesday. I will spend a little today, too - just not on stuff. Today I will support the causes that mean so much to me. Causes that help boost the lives and spirits and self-esteem for kids in my area. Organizations that make a difference in my community.
If you have an organization that you love, today is a great day to carve out some of your holiday-spending budget and give back. Or, volunteer your time - or just do a random act of kindness for someone.
The littlest things will make a big difference.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr. Seuss