I know the best way to make a difference in things is to change your actions. Some examples are:
- If you want more manufacturing jobs in the USA, then buy more products manufacture in the USA
- If you are concerned about human rights and the goods you buy, consider buying free trade items
- If you want small businesses in your community to stay, then buy from small businesses
- If you want more options on organic fruits and vegetables, buy what is available and more will follow
Last night I went out with the ladies in our neighborhood to the Ladies Night of shopping at our church. There were a lot of vendors around the room with really great products - many homemade. I met some new neighbors and even found out that one - we call her the apple cider lady since she always gives out apple cider to the trick or treaters - self publishes comic books. They are really great comics! I think her new name will be the comic lady instead of apple cider lady ;-) I bought something from the Pampered Chef consultant who is donating all the proceeds she made to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy support. I bought a Christmas headband from a 10 year old girl who has her own business of making headbands and Julia is sooooooo excited to wear it over the holidays. I bought a couple of other items, too, and enjoyed chatting with the vendors.
I feel like my purchases made a difference in my community rather than a multi-national corporation. It felt great and I had a lot of fun with the night out. After shopping we headed out for a drink at the local watering hole and had some great conversations.
If your church or community is putting on a holiday shopping night I recommend attending. This was the first I've gone to and I'm wondering why it took me so long!
So, today I am thankful for our community. I'm thankful that we are a part of it and am happy that we can say we know more people around our new neighborhood after only a year than we did at our old house after 11 years!
Community is good.