a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior.
It can be hard not to get caught up in it. We have such a strong instinct to fit in and be like everyone around us that when we see everyone standing in line to get the newest iphone or the last cabbage patch doll or at that hot new restaurant and we don’t want to miss out. Sharks go into feeding frenzies, and the situation at the mall or Target or on the roads today may be the same. The search for the perfect gift that is thoughtful and in your budget, that will show the special someones in your life that you are thinking of them can cause the most stoic of individuals to break out into hives. Trust me, I am speaking from experience.
As we head into the last day, the last hours before the stillness of a national holiday descends, I am reminded that the urge to spend, to shop, to buy, is made more urgent by not only the media, but by our collective energy. I am doing my part to remain calm and not get pulled into the frenzy. The compounding self induced stress of getting the right gift or creating the perfect holiday is just that, self induced. The best gift is not at the mall or online or even at the jewelry store, it is right inside you. It is the gift of your presence, your undivided attention and love, of unconditional acceptance. Practice giving that.