New + improved?

New + improved?
Last weekend, when I was grocery shopping, I discovered that the label on my favorite brand of canned tomatoes had been redesigned ... again, for the second time in a year, I think! Same brand, same tomatoes, new label.It reminded me that in the early nineties, I shared an apartment with a family friend from Russia who was in America for a semester to learn to speak English better. And during that time, she also taught me to think more critically about my own country and culture.canned food aisleMasha is a keen observer, and one day in the grocery store she asked me, "Why does everything in America always have to be 'new and improved?' What's wrong with the old version—was it just not made right the first time?"Some years before this, when Russia was still the Soviet Union and long lines for food were still common, Masha had visited my family and taken an opportunity to go grocery shopping with my mother.My mother stood scanning the canned food aisle and looking for a particular brand of something, and not seeing it, she said, "Darn it, they don't have what I want!"Masha's jaw dropped, and she said, "They don't have what you want? How is that possible? LOOK at all these cans of the same thing!"BLACK FRIDAY BLUESI'm a confessed Grinch, and there is little that frustrates me more than the hullabaloo that surrounds the day after Thanksgiving.I believe deeply in energetic exchanges, whether we're talking about food or relationships or gifts, and when I see people pushing and shoving (and worse) to get their hands on an item—new and improved just in time for the holidays, of course—it makes me wonder: what kind of energy did that gift bring with it?And now, apparently Black Friday is also new and improved.Finish reading on the blog at https://simply-healthcoaching.com/new-improved/ and leave me a comment with your thoughts about the energetics of the holiday season.