What I think of as the Christmas holiday is over, and it’s back to regular days for me, something I am happy to have. I am enjoying the normalcy of the day but want to share a problem I ran into last night.
I have already gotten back to working on a few projects, the first was a little mending I included in my last post of patching a favorite pair of pants for my grand daughter.
I was given a music box Wednesday to restore. This was a “found” item from the trash my neighbor spotted and thought of me. I’ll share it soon as it’s almost done and I know exactly who will receive it as a gift.
But today’s problem comes from the change in my lifestyle over the last year.
I received 3 gifts this Christmas. Here’s the one that is causing me a few problems.
Yes, a gift card to a book store….a gift I cherished receiving in the past. I would excitedly go to the Barnes and Noble website and click on bargain books. There I could easily find 7 or 8 books for my $25 to read over the cold winter months.
But since unburdening my home of all the things I didn’t love, I began to get all of my books at the library. So last night I sat down at the computer and again clicked on bargain books. I kept telling myself with each one that looked interesting that I could get it at the library. So then I dug out my list of books I want to read, my wish list of sorts. Again, nothing I can’t get at the library.
Here I am holding on to this gift card trying to think of a book or two, even if full priced, that I would want to purchase and keep and I can’t think of a one.
I know the person who gave me the card will soon enough call to ask me how many books I was able to find this year and I need to be able to honestly tell him something. I can’t figure out how to tell him I no longer covet books like I used to, it would hurt him, which is the last thing I would ever want to do.
I came up with a plan, I would buy one book for now that I was interested in enough to read, then when I finish the book I will offer it to you my readers.
How do you handle changing the perceptions others have of you when your life’s wants and needs change?