The other day, I read that the Novogratz family released a new mass market product line in their style of colourful, high design, modern aesthetic.
I was thrilled! Fabulous interior design that brings Manhattan to me! and, you know, all the other great things it touts. My daughter needs a new bed, they sell metal frame funky beds in bright colours: perfect!
Then, I saw where the line would be exclusively sold: Wal-Mart. Enter my inner conflict. See, as I’ve begun to think about “shopping good” over the last few years, one of the first (and really only) hard lines I’ve drawn was against this mega-store. [I’ll keep it real and state that within my “hard line”, I’ve still probably purchased from Wal-Mart 3 or 4 times in the last 5 years.]
Three things brought me to this decision:
I’m not mentioning this to have a hate-on Wal-Mart, simply to show my own thought process in deciding where (or where not) to shop.
And then they go and launch some super cool products that make me want to shop there! Of course they do... the strategy, of course, is to get people like me to shop there, and people who already shop there to shop more. The question is…
When you’ve got great prices and appealing products on the table, where do ethics come into the mix? Do my “convictions” stand up to my desires? Do I reassess my opinion of purveyors based on the products they sell?
Good marketing will convince me to make the purchase before I have too much time to think about it.
Fortunately for me, the Novogratz line is not yet available in Canada! So I do have time. Time to think, to price compare, to shop around, perhaps to reassign a budget line. And, probably, ultimately, hopefully, shop somewhere else.
A friend recently asked on Facebook for “the most challenging and enlightening resource you have read/watched about the problem of racism in America”. This question received numerous responses within the day: half a dozen films, dozens of books, podcasts, courses, and other hubs of information resources (as well as the astute reply, “Conversation”, which is, of course, the most relational and human of “resources”).
I think that this experience was shared by most people in early June (as protests & concerns over racial injustice had reached a critical volume): so many resources, so much to learn.
But now, 2 months later… what have we done with the magnitude of worthy, fascinating, perspective-altering information & insights that have been brought to our attention?
And this it only in the area racial injustice. In other interests & concerns: How much do we know? How much have we learned & read & listened to already?
Approximately 25 years ago (in March 2020), we did a customer/reader survey. I asked what you like to read on the blog & one of the respondents suggested a post on "living generously". What a fabulous idea and perfect for this time in history!
[The title of this post implies some kind of authority or expertise — ha! Nope, no experts here... just some thoughts on generosity from a fellow human, trying to make my way!]
A few weeks ago, I bumped into another grade 1 parent at the park, an acquaintance I knew from school events. As we chatted about our strange time since mid-March (working from home; restless but resilient kids; he hadn’t stepped foot in a store for 3 months...), he made an interesting remark:
We’ve looked at our bank account at the end of each month and thought, “what were we spending all that money on?!”