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In this series on learning to be positive I have talked about how to make positive changes in our own lives. Today I am talking about how to make a positive impact on other people’s lives.
My daughter has had a major growth spurt this year. I wrote about how she had not grown since 3rd grade on her ADHD meds, and since she has been off she has gained 20 lbs and 4 inches. Needless to say, she doesn’t have many clothes that fit! After coming out on one-pair-of-too-tight-pants-too-many, I decided we were going shopping today.
I started to just head to the mall, but the little voice in my head said that I should think again. We ended up going to the Goodwill by our house and finding her two pairs of jeans (Lucky and American Eagle, if it matters), as well as a nice pair of Limited dress pants for $4.50 each. I couldn’t buy one pair of pants for that! I even picked up a few books:
My daughter couldn’t care less if her clothes are used or new. Once she asked for a pair of Miss Me jeans for Christmas (which no longer fit her, grr) but that is literally the only name-brand thing she has ever wanted. God bless her, she just doesn’t care! But I do.
I know that sounds a little pathetic. I think it is because when I was a kid we were extremely poor. I mean I didn’t have heat in my bedroom and woke up with frost on the walls poor. I did not have a brand new outfit til I was 13 years old and purchased one with money I had earned myself. I never wanted that for my kids, and I have worked extremely hard to ensure that they never went without. And they haven’t!
I have always had a calling on my heart and compassion for the helpless, the impoverished. About 5 years ago I was really convicted about buying products manufactured in sweat shops. My daughter and I decided to try not to buy anything made in a sweat shop for 6 months. That was a REALLY difficult challenge, because even a lot of chocolate is made by oppressed and enslaved workers. What we discovered is that our only option was buying a lot of things used.
During that time I got over a lot of my “stigma” with shopping second hand, because I was more concerned about voting against oppression with my dollar. Its funny how quickly my care and concern shifted back to myself.
Our Goodwill is a little scary, so I don’t like to go without my husband, but we are resolving to buy more used. Not only is it more friendly to our budget, its more friendly to the world as a whole. And my husband discovered that Goodwill sells cookies.
Do you stop and think where you goods come from? Instead of rehashing all of the information here, I am going to leave you with 2 links that forever changed the way I look at the things I buy. Please take a moment to check them out, and realize that consumers have the power to change this!
This is day 10 in the series 31 Days Of Learning To Be Positive. Click here to check out the entire series.