Friday, December 16, 2011

Needs vs. Wants

I've been thinking a lot about needs versus wants lately. Somehow in December, along with a whole host of other folks, I am more likely to give in to wants than in the first 11 months of the year.
My inlaws arrive tomorrow for a two week visit. We are excited that they'll be here for Christmas, but at the same time I've felt a bit of added pressure (self-induced) to make sure there are a "sufficient" number of presents under the tree. Whatever "sufficient" means in this context. They've told us point blank they don't need or want much. That doesn't make things any easier, really.
My friend Carrie has been doing a Christmas countdown video series. I'm finally catching up, and her post from Monday is resonating with me. Go check it out.

1 comment:

Carrie at Rhubarbsky said...

Ah, yes. . . It was fascinating to watch the response I got to that post. In fact, I got ZERO response to that one! All of the goofy holiday videos had chatter on FaceBook or in the comments of the blog, but the one with the picture of starving children? Well, you are only the second person to say ANYTHING!
I think there's a general discomfort with this one. And, my experience has been that we're most uncomfortable when we see yucky reflections of our own behavior and choices. So, kudos to you for being able to sit with that dissonance. I think you'll like today's post too. xoxo