This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen. It’s the time where we give thanks for another week of living. We give thanks for making it through and for being able to celebrate this fact. How do we celebrate another week of living? We dance. So take a moment and be proud of the fact that you’re here and you’ve made it to another Friday. Not only you, but your family and friends as well. So, to that end, are you alive this Friday? Have you given thanks for this?
Good, now let’s dance.
I’ve been reflecting a lot about my constant desire or need to buy things. I’m absolutely someone who loves to shop. Clothes and shoes, of course, but I can shop for dirt and be pretty happy. There is nothing better than to scan the internet and see what things pop up that I feel that I need to buy. My favorite internet items have to be books, music, jewelry and….again….clothes and shoes. However, what’s scary about the internet and shopping on it is that it is too easy. All you need to do is pretty much hit a button and you’ve spent money. Not as real as actually counting $20 bills out to a sales clerk. So while I enjoy shopping, I’ve been looking around and taking notice of all the things that I have. We had to build onto our house to store all the clothes and shoes that we have. I have more pots and pans and kitchen gadgets than you can shake a stick at. Jewelry….forget it. While I am lucky to have a great job and can pay for all of these things, that is just what they are….things. Better yet, do I really need them and, if the answer is no, why do I keep buying? Simple answer….no, I don’t need anything and I think I keep buying because that act of being handed a bag full of something at a store or a box full of something coming from the internet makes me feel good. That feeling that there is something here for me. I guess it makes me feel special and validates me in that short set of a few seconds. I’m really trying to feel validated in other fashions. It might never happen, but I’ve been trying.
Which leads me to our dance party song for this Friday. With all of my soul-searching, I thought we needed a little soul music. Aloe Blacc and his song ‘I Need A Dollar’ can help here. He is a soul singer that I have recently discovered and can’t get enough of his music. While he is from California, he seems to be much more popular in Europe. I don’t think that is going to be for long. Sometimes things come together for a reason…I’m thinking about all of my things and then I hear this song about needing a dollar. I cannot imagine what it would be like to want or need something and not have a job or money to pay for it. I can’t imagine the angst you would go through. It would be even worse if you had a family. Makes you think about things, that’s for sure. So this week, we’re going to do a little soul swaying. You’ve made it through another week so you deserve it. However, this week, if you are financially secure, give yourself another round of applause. Having your life, your health, the love of your family, friends and being secure is a blessing. Who needs things when you have all that? If we are going to keep it real, one day at a time, we need to make sure we understand this. We need to re-define and understand what’s important. Thanks for letting me preach. Now turn up those speakers and dance! What life lessons have you learned or are working on at this point in your life?