We’ve all been that frizzy-haired, hangry (I.E. angry because of hunger, for those of you not acquainted with aforementioned colloquialism), bone-tired shopper, frustrated with the crowds that malls and department stores attract, and wishing we could afford to patronize small, local shops alone.
Maybe these six steps will spur you on to a happier Walmart stride.
I didn’t say they would, mind you.
I just said…. maybe.
STEP ONE: Make a plan. Know your budget, what you need and what you could get instead if you can’t find what you need.
STEP TWO: Once in the store, choose a goal.
STEP THREE: Begin walking confidently ahead, never taking your eyes off the goal.
STEP FOUR: If you encounter a person in your path, do not look them in the eye.
Eye contact will spur a sort of “Oh, this stranger must want to dance!” chemical inside both your brains, evoking a awkward and crab-like number which will eventually end in one of you stopping or tripping, and the other awkwardly apologizing as they move ahead. Instead, slow your pace a bit and keep moving towards your goal, never taking your eyes off the goal.
STEP FIVE: If you encounter a non-avoidable roadblock…
That is non-human (I.E. a mid-aisle display): navigate around it on the path less traveled.
That is human(I.E. moms with small children, those with physical disabilities, seniors, or anyone who lacks the ability to navigate as easily as you): Stop, allow them to pass, look them in the eye as you greet them courteously, and then continue on your way. The mood-boost you get from treating another person with dignity and respect will provide you with a surge of extra strength for your journey.
STEP SIX: Arrive at goal. Seize product and beat your chest while doing the mighty jungle call. You are a winner. You have run the race, and won.
And, if our minds were feeling allegorical, we could parallel these steps in some way to another, more important journey…..
But I’ll leave that to you.