I am NOT a Walmart Supercenter
One of the greatest achievements in modern consumerism is the all-equipped, sometimes always open, over-stocked Walmart. Even better are the Walmart Supercenters.
Imagine one store where you can buy everything from fresh lettuce, to easy breezy beautiful Covergirl, to lawn chairs! Oprah proved to us that you can furnish an entire apartment at Walmart. In some parts of the country going to Walmart is like going to the mall or revered as highly as going to church. Your personal schedule doesn’t even matter at a 24 hour Supercenter because you can choose to troll the isles at 3am and shop – sans crowd.
Whatever your pleasure, it’s likely that it can be found at Walmart. (Just remember to wear your combat clothing at Christmastime, you might get trampled to death. No, really.)
There has been a shift in our society that’s lead us to feel as though anything that we need or want should be easily accessible to us, and in many cases it is. This convenience, however is not so true with real people.
24 hour access, or readily available resources on command from your friend, neighbor or loved one is never realistic. We often look to people to fill needs and perceived voids in our lives. Sometimes the human connection is strong enough to fill those voids and satisfy those needs. Other times people may be incapable of such fulfillment and you must accept that.
• You cannot expect from someone what you would do in a particular situation.
• Just as you have needs from someone, they also have needs that must be fulfilled as well.
Don’t get disappointed, some days your closest of friends will be unavailable when you need them most. You will have to learn to share your tears with your pillow and pat your own self on the back.
Before you can truly receive strength or impartation from others, you must first learn to appreciate and fortify yourself.
Everyone has needs of varying levels and we all at times want someone to help us out or see our pain, but in the lyrics of ‘the voice’ – Whitney Houston, “..learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all…”.
Today, practice being the solution to your own problem. Rather than calling on your closest friend or relative when you get in a jam try
• looking yourself in the mirror and speaking positive affirmation to yourself.
• treating yourself to an indulgence like a small trinket or a good meal.
• doing something kind for someone else to remove your mind from your own problems.
Getting yourself into a jam is sometimes quick and easy. Getting out of the jam may not be as simple, but recognizing when you really need someone else, as opposed to when you can help yourself out will make you a stronger and better person. And your own strength is something you can’t buy at Walmart – even at the Supercenter!