When Gary and I went on holiday to Northern Ireland a few weeks ago, we had a chat about intentionality…
Y’know, being intentional with the things we do in our every day lives.
These aren’t big things but they do nevertheless make a difference to someone.
One such intention was shopping locally.
During Covid our local village shops were amazing and at the time I remember promising myself I would never go back to Tescos.
It was local all the way for me now!
But Life, Charlotte’s ill health and money soon saw me going right back to what was easy and convenient.
I got caught up in life.
Yes, I have no sticking power!
However, since being back from holiday, I have faithfully got cash our at the local post office (greengrocers only take cash) and then spent it locally, only going to Tesco’s once a month for a big shop of non-perishables.
There are so many benefits to shopping locally.
Apart from environmental, there is the obvious benefit to keeping our village busy and thriving, and having a small part to play in preventing shops closing down and the resulting ghost like appearance of a village in decline.
It also helps the individual who run the shops directly. Instead of pouring money into Mr. Faceless Corporation, I get to shop at Steve’s.
I also meet lots of people along the way. I get to joke and chat with, not just the shop keepers but also the other customers, often seeing friends as I queue.
And lastly there is the simple loveliness of dealing with a face instead of a corporation.
The bag of asparagus slipped on top of your groceries…just because.
Or the offer to pop to B and Q to buy you a mop because the shop in question didn’t stock mops.
Local isn’t just best for the environment, it’s best for everyone.