What’s in your shopping basket?

Saying I don’t like grocery shopping is an understatement. I happen to dislike it intensely.

The thing is I can never decide what to buy so I end up standing in the aisles for minutes on end.

Yes, I’m a list person and I never go anywhere without my lists. But when it comes to grocery shopping, they never seem to help me much because lo and behold there are different types of brands that complicate my life. Now I stand there with my list trying to decide which brand I’ll put into my shopping basket.

Don’t get me wrong, I can easily shop for books, perfume and clothes…just not groceries. I suppose it clearly shows where my priorities are, much to my Mom’s chagrin 🙂

Last Sunday, I was walking up and down Woolworths aisles trying to decide which detergent to buy when I felt my whole body slump in defeat. Why was this so hard for me? Why was I so indecisive about what I wanted to wash my clothes with? I stared down into my basket and to ease my mind I resorted to thinking about other things.

And here is where my mind ended up;
Life is so much like grocery shopping. When we are born we’re each given a basket and we get to choose what we put into that basket.

So I guess if you want to make a cherry pie, for instance, you need to make sure you have cherries, flour, and butter in your basket. I think you get my point.

Everyday we’re shopping for thoughts, ideas, perceptions, attitudes and choices, and whatever we collect in our shopping basket will determine what we can produce because those are the only raw materials we have to work with.

Of course just like grocery shopping, there are different brands of living, good places to shop and bad places. For example, I know I can get good organic apples in Woolworths so that’s where I go for my apples.

Where do you shop for those life essentials? Are you paying attention to what you’re putting in your shopping basket?

Everything you put in your basket will impact your life one way or another. Some of it will be useful and some of it will only be good throwing out.

Just like you have control over what groceries you put in your shopping basket, you also generally have a large measure of control over what you allow into your heart, mind and soul and consequently, your life.

So, to help myself, the next time I go grocery shopping, I’ll let my desire to turn my life into a giant, sweet cherry pie guide me into what groceries I want and need!
Wish me luck 🙂

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