Beth's Ponderings I am sure I have mentioned before that I don’t really like shopping - unless it is in a bookstore - I can spend hours in a bookstore. I enjoy buying things, I just don’t like the process of going into a store and looking for what I want, and not always finding it. I prefer to go in, and then get out as quickly as possible. And, for me, grocery shopping is the worst. That is one reason why I prefer shopping in small town stores where everyone knows you, and your preferences. There is a chance to visit and catch up, and finding what you want doesn’t become an elaborate scavenger hunt. Yet, during this healing journey, shopping - especially grocery shopping - has been a bit of an adventure. Mainly because I was trying to figure out what was safe for me to eat, so I was constantly on the look out for different products and items. In the past two and a half years of twice-weekly (then graduating to weekly) appointments in Red Deer, I needed to find a place to buy groceries, and I chose Eastview IGA. The reasons for my choice were: I didn’t have to drive far off of Ross Street to get to it, I could park right outside the door, the produce section and tills were very close to the door, and they had a large selection of pre-cut fruit (and cut more if I needed it). Important considerations when I was still rather weak. While it is a city store, it feels more like one in a small town. I’ve gotten to know some of the staff, and they’ve kept an eye on me - seems they were concerned about me collapsing in the aisles in the beginning - and my food purchases as I’ve progressed on this healing journey. They’ve teased me about bringing Co-op bags to an IGA store and we catch up as I go through the till. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Joe, Shara, Becky, Bruce, Lynnie, MJ, Dorothy, Christine, Helen, Samantha, Lorna, Doris, Dallas, Tammy, Calvin, Donald, and everyone else (sorry I don’t know all your names yet) who work at the Eastview IGA for making it such a delight to shop in your store...from the “Fruit Lady”
Beth's Ponderings Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. - Jordan Bach I do not participate in protests, nor do I tend to sign petitions, and I avoid boycotts if at all possible. I also do not sympathize with those involved in strikes. The reason is that those methods of showing displeasure and demanding change rarely bring about the desired change. This is true even if the point is only to raise public awareness. It may grab people’s attention for a moment, but then their own concerns occupy their thoughts. Another reason, is that these methods of protest generally put the emphasize and focus on the opposite of what they want, then the results end up being the opposite of what they want, and then they can’t figure out why. Anti-drug campaigns, anti-war campaigns and others put the focus on drugs, war and whatever else they are fighting, and not in an educational awareness way. Truthfully, education and awareness are not lacking for most of these issues. In fact, we are overloaded with information and statistics to the point it becomes just background noise. Even the all to common “Don’t Drink And Drive” campaigns don’t work. Everyone knows that drinking and driving is wrong and that it endangers lives, yet it still happens every day, and lives are still lost. Maybe if they changed the slogan to something such as “Have Fun And Arrive Home Safe” they would see the results that they desire. Or are you trying to lose weight? A more positive approach would be to focus your efforts on gaining health which is a more wholistic approach than just losing some pounds. Our memories are short and for a campaign to be successful, repetition is necessary. Yet, what is being repeated should be what is wanted. Granted, sometimes it is easier to figure out what you don't want - we seem to be wired to notice the negative more than the positive - but once you figure it out, shift the focus to the positive and watch your results change.