Wednesday Words of Wisdom and the Wonders of Christmas

25 Dec

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
― Calvin Coolidge
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Christmas Eve, it’s almost Christmas! How exciting, yet how disappointing all in the same breath. It’s not just that all the build up, hype, and present giving is over in a day, but sometimes all the holiday goodwill and kindness gets thrown away with the crumpled gift wrap and decorative bags. Why is that?

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
― Bob Hope
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Last week, when I was in that dreaded long line at the post office, waiting to mail a last minute package to my mom, I started chatting to a few of the other exasperated patrons. It was kind of humorous to watch each face as they opened the door, looked down the hall at the snake-like line that wrapped around the corridor, and grimaced, winced, and occasionally turned around and left.

At one point, an elderly woman waddled in with her walker and small package. She scooted to the back of the line. By now, there were about forty or more people in line and I was nearing the front. I felt sorry for her and wondered if anyone would say something or do something nice. It was Christmas after all. About ten minutes later, it was my turn. I turned to everyone in the long line and said, “Merry Christmas everyone. Would anyone one mind if we let the young lady back there with the walker go to the front of the line? Anyone?” They all smiled and waved her forward. She was very appreciative.

I ran into one of the post office patrons at the grocery store a few minutes later. She came up to me and said, “That was a very nice thing you did!” All I could think of was, maybe the old “pay it forward” spirit will motivate others to do something nice, maybe not just during the holiday, but all year long.

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