Monthly Archives: December 2009
Last December, my business, www.truetip.com, sent out what I thought was a cheerful and well-intentioned email to our customers. The email’s main message was that the people at the company wish you “Happy Holidays”. Quite aware that not all of our customers celebrate all or any of the holy days, but assuming that New Year’s which is called a holiday on every calendar that I could find, I figured that I was going to be politcally correct and anger no one. I was wrong.
Not long after the happy greeting went out, an angered recipient wrote back to tell us that it is Christmas. Okay, sure, ya, it is Christmas-time but let’s not alienate the rest of the non-Christian world or the African-American population or anyone celebrating a start to a new year. I’m not sure what holiday greeting would have pleased her or held back her bitterness.
If it is Christmas shouldn’t you be kinder, more compassionate, and self-aware than to go to the trouble of spewing venom on others? She took what was an innocuous and common phrase, Happy Holidays, and interpreted it as a dilution of the event. I don’t see it that way.
If there is anyone who diluted Christmas, it was the retail industry a long-time ago. Whether you are a Christian or not consider this:
- Maybe it’s not about the gifts.
- Giving of time, assistance, and being there for others is the best gift anyone can give.
- Kindness can be contagious.
- Changing and improving the world starts with one person.
- The ability to make life better for us all is to realize that we need to synchronize saying and doing the right thing.
Times are tough and they just seem to keep getting tougher. If the nightly news, the tabloids, or reality television don’t bring you down, your grocery bill will. From oil to water wars to global warming, this planet is changing right beneath our feet. It might be a novel idea that we change with it — and quickly!
Salacious stories like who is sleeping with whom should no longer fill our daily print or clog our precious airwaves with gossip and dribble about what some overpaid sports star or Hollywood celeb did or did not do. Do their improprieties really play a part in my daily life? I think not.
“Okay”, you say but this is just a diversion from reality–an escape from the daily grind–right? Maybe, but this trash news is dominating what we used to consider real news. When did almost every news story have to be a murder or something depressing? There must be some good news somewhere out there.
If Nostradamus is right and 2012 is the end of our planet, I hope that we tidy up our environment, learn some more compassion for our fellow man, take better care of our children and animals, and waste less resources for future generations just in case the great predictor makes a boo boo. What’s the worst that can happen?
Maybe 2012 should be goal date for achievement. 2012 is the year for us to clean up our act and get our priorities in check. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see government, media, and the people of the world working for a common goal? One can only dream. Just because the media doesn’t cover a natural disaster doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. 2012 may come and go without any noticeable repercussions but that doesn’t mean the wake-up call is any less urgent!