Expensive trash



Danger Will Robinson! Black Friday is coming, Danger, Danger!!! As the commercialization of Christmas has taken over Thanksgiving where does it all end? When is enough, enough?

This weekend I went to see “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Peeta and Katniss are at a banquet at the Presidential Palace. Peeta is handed a drink and he says, “What’s this?” The response is, “It will make you throw up, so you can eat more of this delicious food.” He and Katniss turn and walk away saying, “People are starving in District 12 and they are gorging themselves in the Capitol.”

Black Friday is coming and we are gorging ourselves. The world is in need and we buy expensive trash. Just think about what will happen to almost everything that will be bought this year for Christmas. It will end up broken, not good enough because something better has come along or too small.  It will all be tossed aside and become expensive trash. Thousands of dollars wasted because we had to have it. Whatever the “it” is this year.

When did all this stuff become a necessity? And how did we ever live without it?


Last year I bought my wife a present she never got to see, feel, taste or hear. I bought a lamb in her name through World Vision. One healthy ewe gives highly nutritious milk for essential protein, vitamins, and minerals, plus plenty of wool to knit warm sweaters and blankets. Sheep often give birth to twins or triplets, which can be sold for income or bred to produce a whole flock. By the purchase of this one animal a family’s life was changed for the better. When has the latest game, flat screen or toy, changed the health and economic condition of an entire family for the better?

This year please consider changing our world and making it a better place. Help in a soup kitchen, give to a food pantry. Maybe buy an animal or sponsor a child through World Vision.  One kind act can change someone’s world forever. Make a difference…not expensive trash.

Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.

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