I have a gripe. A major holiday gripe.
I think that it’s absolutely ridiculous that I hear more people get honked at or see more people flipped off in the month of December than any other time of year. The flipping off & the honking is all being done by someone who has been shopping in order to create warm fuzzy memories with their loved ones on Christmas Day, yet they forget all the warm fuzzies the minute someone does something they don’t like. That’s evidence of the”ME! ME! ME! MINE! MINE! MINE!” attitude that is so prevalent this time of year.
I was in the store waiting to pick up an online order the other day & a woman cut to the front, yelled at the staff, the staff runs off frazzled leaving the rest of us who had been standing in line waiting our turn, & then the woman turns to us & tries to get us to be angry with her. When the staff person came back, we all saw that this woman had been yelling over a puzzle. A PUZZLE!
I don’t think this woman is bad or evil, we all have our public cringe worthy moments (oh, trust me! I have had a few, okay several!) I know she’s stressed, she’s trying to get Christmas finished, her kids may be sick, husband may be laid off work, who knows what is going on in her life, this post is not a “let’s all shame that lady” post. This is a, let’s all have some perspective, so that when we hit our most hectic, awful moments between now & December 25, we aren’t the ones yelling at people over toys. On a scale of one to ten, yelling over a $5.00 present is less than a ZERO.
Let’s keep the reality of what this is all about & if we are going to yell about something, let’s yell more about the family bathing their children in the bathroom of the grocery store because they can’t afford to keep the water on this holiday season (true story that I witnessed first hand a few years ago!)
Let’s be mad about the kids who don’t get to eat because school has been out for a week because of snow & ice and the only meals they typically get are the ones served in the cafeteria.
When we all (myself included) remember that puzzles, waiting in line, someone not going through the green light quick enough, or being frustrated when things don’t go our way will all seem so small compared to the bigger picture.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. –Romans 15:13
How do you keep perspective throughout the craziness that is this time of year?!