*originally posted December 19, 2011*
What ever happened to good will toward man? The Christmas spirit?
Isn't this time of year supposed to bring out the best in people? Even
the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes at Christmas! And yet... I
seem to be living in a town full of Scrooges.
I have had more people pull out into traffic right in front of me in the
past week than the entire rest of the year. And the ones that aren't
pulling out in front of me, or cutting me off - are the ones riding my
Then there was the woman in line at the store in front of me who was
clearly well over the "20 items or less". She didn't think that
requirement applied to her. Or maybe she just thought it was more of a
suggestion than anything else. Who knows. But as if ignoring the
20 item limit wasn't rude enough - she had to also complain about
everything involved with her transaction. How it was being bagged.
Didn't the cashier have a bag for the giant box containing the slow
cooker she was purchasing? Why did she have to sign a receipt for her
credit card purchase when she had done the transaction on the little
swipe pad thing already?
And of course the people who stand in line and huff and puff and fidget
because things aren't moving fast enough. Sorry people - but you know it's the holidays. You know
the stores are going to be crowded. So is the post office. You should
well expect that you are going to have to wait in line. Sighing deeply
to yourself over and over isn't going to change that fact.
I'm choosing to try a new tactic in dealing with all the ill-will around
me. I paste on a big ol' smile and kill them with kindness. Will it
change all those around me? Probably not. But it can still have a
reward all its own. For as the saying goes -