It’s five minutes past midnight. I have missed Cyber Monday.
Not for lack of trying. Oh, no. I surfed websites at lunch and on the bus ride home (Thanks, smartphone!). I looked through catalogs. I read all the advertising emails in my inbox looking for great deals.
I found some great deals. Still, I did not buy a thing.
I’m sitting here asking myself why I didn’t pull the trigger. I could have gotten a big chunk of my Christmas shopping done. I could have packages flying through the air to me in the next few days, all ready for me to wrap them up in holiday goodness.
Some years, I might have beaten myself up about this. “Argh! I am such a procrastinator! Why didn’t I do this? What is wrong with me?”
Not this year. This year, I know better. There is nothing wrong with me. In fact, there is something very, very right: I decided not to succumb to the pressure of an externally-imposed deadline.
If there was not some particular thing I needed to buy today, then I didn’t need to shop today. I can shop tomorrow. Or this weekend, or in a week or two. The holidays will still be there. The shops will still want my business. I didn’t need a big sale, a false urgency, to dictate when I purchase the gifts I’ll be giving this year. I will get them when I am ready.
Yes, I might have some small regrets. I might not save quite as much. I might miss some real deals. But that is the price I was willing to pay to have gotten through this shopping weekend with my sense of self-worth unscathed. (I did hit the mall on Friday, but for two specific things, neither of which were on sale, and which I was planning to buy anyway.)
I missed Cyber Monday… and I am so glad I did.
xo – Lori
Daily Check-In: (or semi-weekly check-in, at this rate!)
I’m grateful for my family for putting up with the mess I have created in the house this week. It’s very much the “storm before the calm;” things will be better when I am done, but it looks terrible now!
I’m also grateful, of course, for the photo by Akira Ohgakie.