When it comes to consuming, I am guiltier than most. I almost never saw a pair of shoes I didn’t want, followed closely by the perfect dress or sweater or handbag.
In recent years, experiences have been my addictive downfall. Is the longing to do rather than to have just as materialistic, equally excessive?
I’m sure it is, and right now, I’m steeped in it. I suppose I have lots of Black Fridays in my life, fueled by the need to go, to see, to experience, to sample, to taste, to try.
I’m among the worst of the craven consumers.
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two shopping events that usher in the holiday shopping season, Americans spent close to $53 billion last year. That’s $53,000,000,000.
Imagine what a fraction of those funds could have given to those in need.
This year, #GivingTuesday.org would like to change that trajectory with an annual movement to set aside a day and give. On November 27, the folks at Giving Tuesday have organized a whole day to be about giving, not buying.
If you know of an organization that could benefit from the money spent on just one thing you might buy over this long weekend, why not set that cash aside and donate it to a worthy cause next Tuesday? Wouldn’t it be something if we could band together and produce more than $53 billion for worthy causes in a single day?
Please share this post with your networks. Encourage your friends to use the hashtag #givingtuesday when promoting this effort. Click +1 and Like whenever and wherever you see it. Pick your cause and get ready.