The other day, I had a really, really bad day. One of those days that goes down in the history books. My daughter kept having one meltdown after another. Cranky didn’t even begin to describe the situation. Needless to say, I was in tears as well, and the day really couldn’t end fast enough.
The next day, I had a “toddler meltdown hangover” and really wasn’t in the mood to run errands but it had to be done. I was in the store to get just one item, when it happened. The voice. The voice that says “If you buy this one little trinket, doodad, bauble, etc…, you’ll feel better”.
I’m sure most of you are fairly acquainted with this voice. Some of you have shut the door on this voice a long time ago. And then… there are others of you still struggling against this annoyance who rears its ugly head at the most inappropriate of times.
Well, this was one of those times. The voice was coaxing me to buy something. “Don’t you want this item? This will make up for your bad day yesterday. Just buy it! Retail therapy is just what you need!”
And then it happened.
I resisted the voice.
I took a deep breath and calmly walked out of the store, purchasing only the one item that I came there for. I did not buy anything extra.
Was it hard to do? Yes, it was. But I knew deep down, that whatever I bought wouldn’t make me feel better. I knew that if I did buy it, I would feel guilty about buying it, and there is no remedy for that.
So I kept the voice at bay. For now. Just because I was brave today, doesn’t mean the next time I am having a bad day, I’ll be able to resist. Retail therapy is a hard habit to shake. But I’m trying. And that’s gotta count for something.