- I won't be accosted with political advertisements on all forms of media.
- My Facebook friends won't be going back and forth about the merits or shortcomings of one candidate over another.
- I won't be besieged with political telephone calls.
- My mailbox won't be filled with pleas for money from political factions.
I think it is similar to our exposure to Christmas. It used to be that stores pulled out their decorations just after Thanksgiving. It was a magical transformation that heralded the beginning of the season. This year I have seen Christmas merchandise and decorations displayed in September. And, just like with the elections, by the time the event roles around my mind has tuned it all out: the decorations and Carols, the bells ringing and the hype are all reduced to an annoying drone. When the celebration finally arrives, I am more anxious to get it over with than to enjoy the time.
Imagine my surprise, and pleasure, in seeing the following poster on Facebook:
Hooray for Nordstrom's. How exciting that one store is bucking the trend, and harkening back to tradition. It will be wonderful if others follow suit. Imagine the joy to be experienced in savoring each holiday. Maybe this is one way to make life a bit simpler and allow us to treasure the moments.
In some ways it is like a box of chocolates. If you gorge on the chocolates, eating them in a short period of time, you fail to enjoy the subtle differences between each candy. Your mouth becomes desensitized to the sweetness. You look at the empty box with regrets and have nothing left to look forward to.
I want to work to savor my candies one at a time. I want to enjoy the events of our lives in the same manner.
What about you?