Rich Wilhelm

Preparing for Frank Black Friday

In Black Friday, Christmas shopping, Frank Black Friday, holiday shopping on November 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

As I explained in my previous post, there is a movement afoot to turn the day after Thanksgiving into Frank Black Friday. The idea is that, instead of going shopping, Frank Black Friday participants sit around their house, or wherever they want to go, and pursue something they really love. Like, for example, listening to Frank Black albums all day.

While you might not think this is true, it is important to prepare a bit for Frank Black Friday. If you want to achieve the most Zen results out of whatever it is your doing, it is important to go into the day with a clear, open, relatively untroubled mind.

The weeks leading up to both Thanksgiving Day and Frank Black Friday are, of course, the best time to do this preparation. Here are a few tips.

First of all, you’re going to want to tidy up a bit around your house. If you plan on being home all day, enjoying the many benefits of Frank Black Friday, you’re going to want to be comfortable in your surroundings and not be distracted all day by other things you ought to be doing. Things that could suck the sheer joy out of Frank Black Friday.

You are also going to want to follow the lead of both Elvis Presley and Bachmann Turner Overdrive. Take care of business! And take care of it before Frank Black Friday. Whatever the business is–administrative, financial, spiritual/emotional–wake up on Frank Black Friday with such business taken care of.

A word about the spiritual. Frank Black Friday is obviously not a religious holiday (or maybe that’s not so obvious?) but maximum enjoyment of the day will best be obtained if one spends the weeks leading up to FBF giving some thought to where you are in your life now. Think about the people and things for which you are thankful. Think about the areas of your life that could stand some improvement. Think about how you could improve the lives of those around you.

And, although Frank Black Friday is meant to be a bit of a respite from the upcoming holiday season, spend some time contemplating what your approach to this season will be. Try not to go into December unprepared! And by that I don’t mean shopping! There are other types of preparation.

Bottom line, of course, is the FBF is about fun. But you might find that, with a little bit of physical/emotional/financial/administrative/whatever-you-need preparation, the fun of FBF will be deeper and…well, more fun.

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Patrick F. O'Donnell

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