I took on the outlet store challenge this weekend and completed my Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, my feelings were no different than what I have described earlier when I arrived. I was anxious, impatient, and wishing that everything would just be over. I surveyed the quickest entry and exit points. However, as I was waiting for the stores to open, I remembered a quote that someone had shared with me over the last several months:
“It’s not the events that shape my life that determine how I feel – but rather how I interpret and evaluate these experiences.”
It might seem a little hokey, but remembering this quote reminded me what a gift it was for me to have the opportunity to shop for people who are important in my life. My change in perception made Christmas shopping pleasant. I even stopped to have a sample of hot cocoa. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not suddenly converted into a shopaholic. Nor am I now a fan of large crowds. I did not focus on the perfect gift or the perfect deal. I reminded myself that I am lucky enough to have people to shop for. This change in perspective made what is usually a negative experience a meaningful event.
So, as all of you go out this week and the battle the masses for those last-minute gifts, hopefully you can take a second and remember who you are shopping for and why they are important in your life.
p.s. Next year, I really should upgrade to an Amazon Prime Membership (just in case)!
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