However, that's beside the point I was getting ready to make. I wanted to talk about all those Titled shopping days.
The holidays are upon us again and before the left-overs from the turkey have even been eaten, people are shopping. I remember when I first heard the term, Black Friday. (It sounded like what Good Friday should have been called in the first place.) The ominous sounding name sure didn't make the idea of rummaging for bargains more attractive to me.
But this year marketing has gone overboard even more than usual. I never heard so much about Black Friday in my life and then there was Black Friday weekend. I can only imagine the glee of the shoppers who heretofore only had one day to be enthralled by grabbing over-priced merchandise that could be put "on sale" after Thanksgiving.
But wait! It's not over yet! There's Cyber Monday! (At least I wouldn't have to battle it out in stores and fight people tooth and nail over something I wanted to buy just so I could have it preserved for posterity on Youtube by some entrepreneurial teenager with a cell phone camera.) On Cyber Monday I can sit at my computer and shop!
Now the question I have is this: Where does it stop? I'm afraid that soon Thanksgiving will just be lumped together with Christmas for one big long shopping spree. Everybody will have everything they didn't need and still want more. The fighting in the stores will escalate until WWIII won't be over North Korea's nuclear capabilities or what piece of land goes to who in Israel, but what country can grab the most the fastest at the best price.
Now, I am aware that I could be mistaken for someone who sounds condescending as though I am above it all. Well, let me relieve you of that opinion for I am all too aware of many of my own short-comings in this matter. I have felt the monsterish fingers of greed scraping my heart when I bid on something at an auction. I have spent money I shouldn't have and fought not to buy things I didn't need only to succumb to the reckless abandonment of wanting to please ME ME ME!
And I have no words of wisdom or even a very good way to end this article because in all actuality, I would like you to buy one of my books at the very same moment I am complaining about all the buying and shopping going on!
So, on that hypocritical note, I leave you with a free chapter of my book, As if They Always Knew, because I read advice from a marketer today saying that it would be good to include a free chapter on my blog to help sell my books.
Just go to my web-site: reginarussell.weebly.com and read the first chapter free. There will be a page there (beneath the More tab) titled, Free Chapter of As if They Always Knew. Who knows, you might want to buy it as a Christmas gift and after all…it is…(whoo-hoo!!!!) Cyber Monday Week!
And that's the view from this catbird seat...