Monday, November 2, 2009

Consumerism, Clean Water, Fair Trade....

I stopped by Target (yeah, I know) yesterday to pick up a couple things.
I hadn't even stepped in the door when it hit me full blast.
The day after Halloween.... and the store screamed, "Christmas!! Spend your money here!!"

I love Christmas.
I love stuff. I love shopping.
I love Target.

But, but...

There is a tug on my spirit that says: Enough with the stuff.

Faith. People. Ideas. Relationships. Health. Time. Memories.
Invest in these.

So, today you get a line-up of videos from which to choose.
The first: the Advent Conspiracy video I shared last year.
The second: Trade as One, for fair trade.
The third: Ted Talks: Making Filthy Water Drinkable.

(So sorry if the videos aren't working... they were earlier!)


Laura at By the Bushel said...

Thanks for these... needing to keep the eye on the prize instead of the stuff along the way- Laura

Gina said...

What a great reminder-that first video-advent conspiracy-got me! Thanks for posting this, it seems like we rush too much through the Christmas season and in that we miss the heart of it all.

kev said...

Just wanted to say thanks for reposting the video. It's great to see people using their influence to (slowly, but surely) change the way we all approach Christmas.


Kevin Madsen
Trade as One

Elena_Valeriote said...

I can't thank you enough for posting these videos... I need them for inspiration. They make me want to help save the world :) Would you mind mind if I link this to my page?

heather said...

Great post! I may post the fair trade on on my blog.

Heidi said...

Miss Elena (eous :))~ I don't mind at all!

Sarah said...

Thanks for posting this. What a great message! I liked the idea so much, I posted the Advent Conspiracy on my FB page for all my friends to consider.

Holly said...

We are making most of our kids gifts this year, but we were going to buy a few things. I shared the advent video with my 5 and 3 year olds and they decided to give the money from the store bought gifts to help those in need of clean water. Thanks for this!