Black Thursday: Crass commercialism swallows Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s a pure celebration of appreciation of all that we have, and especially, of friends and family. And, yes, I’ll admit it, it’s a day devoted to eating, and I love to eat.

We invite all our friends and relatives, as well as friends of relatives and relatives of friends. There’s good food (thanks to everybody), bad jokes, cool magic, raucous singing and some really awful vintage karaoke. I wouldn’t miss it for anything, even if it means spending Black Friday washing dishes and putting the furniture back in place.

Speaking of Black Friday, we had two invitees decline because they work for Walmart, which apparently does not believe in gratitude. The day formerly known as Thanksgiving is now opening day in the Season of Gimme. People are lining up days ahead of time to grab bargains. I’d like to hear from people who would miss a major holiday to do this. Is it worth your time? Is it fun?

As for me, I’m boycotting Walmart and any other stores that trample on my one day devoted to the appreciation of all that we are fortunate to have. The great tsunami of the Season of Gimme has already stormed all the way up to Halloween, consuming all of November and December. I guess my only hope is that Black Friday will eventually move all the way up to September and let us give thanks in peace.

What does all this have to do with decision making? An effective decision maker takes time for assessment. What am I thankful for? What is important to me? What do I have to give? Thanks and giving.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. If not, at least stop some time during your day to appreciate what you have, even if you do it while waiting for the stores to open.

Take charge of your life. Live deliberately.

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