‘Tis the season?

Just read an article in today’s news about a woman – thinking that another woman cut in front of her in line at a retail establishment – grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground. Honestly. You almost have to see the accompanying video to fully realize the message this sends.

We all know that this is not an isolated incident; there are examples of this kind of behavior in the news every day. Now the holiday shopping season is upon us; officially underway the day after Thanksgiving.  It would be so nice if the this experience brought out the best in people. But, alas, we know that more often than not, this isn’t the case. And for what?

To all those shoppers who push and shove (or throw people to the ground); are rude and crabby; and totally suck the holiday spirit out of everyone around them – what did you expect? By now crowds, long lines, limited supplies, no parking and too few checkout lanes should be a given. Keep it in perspective – you’re buying “stuff” and “stuff" isn’t what the season is truly about. It’s certainly NOT worth resorting to physical violence or a barrage of unkind words.

To paraphrase some words of wisdom from Bill Murray’s character Frank Cross in the holiday classic Scrooged, “…it’s the one time of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a short time out of the whole year, we are the people we always hoped we would be!”

At least, that’s the way it should be. Just saying.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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