Can We Break The Cycle of Shop ’Til You Drop?

Two women in store with hands and shopping carts overloaded with toys on a Black Friday shopping day.
In place of the insane shopping frenzy that accompanies the holiday season, perhaps we can pause, relax and reflect. Instead of giving things, we can give of ourselves. (Photo courtesy of NEPAScene )
Brother Paul Quenon standing in the shadows by a window at his monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky.
Brother Paul Quenon at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He offers friends a collection of his haiku poems as a gift each year. (Photo courtesy of Paul Quenon, OCSO).
Cover of 50th anniversary edition of Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Loving.”
Erich Fromm writes of giving from “that which is alive” in us.
Giving of our time and talents — creating a poem or picutre or offering to help with a chore — might make the best holiday gifts of all. (Photo courtesy of THNK.org)

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Author of 4 spirituality books & 2 poetry collections. Award-winning reporter for Wall Street Journal, PBS-TV, Washington Post & 2 IL public radio stations.

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Judith Valente

Judith Valente

Author of 4 spirituality books & 2 poetry collections. Award-winning reporter for Wall Street Journal, PBS-TV, Washington Post & 2 IL public radio stations.

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