We have once again reached the Christmas season, supposedly a time set aside for love, sharing, kindness, relaxation and all the other positive synonyms you can think of to describe what we SAY this season symbolizes. But, often, we don’t see a whole lot of the spirit of the season in ACTION.
People have come up with all kinds of creative and athletic moves to cut you off in checkout lines and parking lots and to just about steal the last “must have” gift of the season right out of your hands. Sitting in a blockaded traffic jam can, within a matter of seconds, wipe out any resolution to practice patience. Stress and exhaustion overtake overschedulers who conjure up a filled calendar that even a superhero couldn’t survive. All of this generally results in emotional outbursts that are anything but the positive ones we are striving to meet. It sometimes seems as if the whole world has gotten their tinsel in a tangle, as the old saying goes.
However, I have been pleasantly surprised so far this year! Venturing out into the holiday shopping jungle, I tried to prepare myself for the warfare ahead. BUT, it has been a most pleasant experience with … people smiling … holding doors …chatting in a friendly manner with total strangers while waiting in line as every one of the checkout center’s four registers crashed … letting people out ahead of them in parking lots and intersections with fast-changing traffic signals … helping to locate a gift item for a fellow shopper (usually a total stranger) … taking the time to wish everyone around them a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
While I have been basking in this unexpected joy of the season, I seemed to detect an increased level of stress and a little less kindness in the air today. Let’s not give in … we’re almost there … let’s keep the spirit of the season going … take a deep breath, relax, listen to some Christmas music and don’t get your tinsel in a tangle… let’s not spoil it now …
MERRY CHRISTMAS and goodwill to men and women everywhere!