I have been out in the “hustle and bustle” of shopping over the past two days and I have to be honest with you – there a serious need for some cups of cheer out there. Now I don’t know what is supposed to be in that cup of cheer but I’m sure it has GOT to be something to calm people down because whatever folks are doing isn’t helping.
For those of you who either live in a cave or have already done all of your shopping online, there is a lot of selfish people out there. It is rare to find someone who thinks of others. I have seen this selfish behavior repeatedly over the past 48 hours of finishing up our Christmas shopping.
Where is this “Christmas spirit” everyone wants to talk about? Real life out there resembles nothing like a Hallmark movie.
I’m not exaggerating this. I have been looking for those cheery folks and I have been hard-pressed to find them. I have seen more self-centered people than I would have expected. Here are some examples:
The couple walking in the middle of the road in the shopping mall parking garage. They are walking arm-in-arm forcing traffic behind them to follow behind them.
The clerks at the register at Michaels who are discussing their paycheck and what they are doing to do with it instead of interacting with the customers in front of them.
People who decided to have a conversation on their smartphone in the middle of a busy toy aisle at Target.
People who push you out of their way or totally oblivious to your presence.
The lady driving in the wrong way at Starbucks to beat the line of traffic and then saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” when she is called out on it.
The driver who nearly plowed me over when I was in the crosswalk going to Books-A-Million.
The four employees of a store who were supposed to be helping customers as they entered the store but were carrying on their own private conversation instead of asking if customers needed any help.
The numerous people who are in a hurry or impatient to take thought of others around them.
I’m not trying to be a “negative Nellie” here, I’m just being honest. It can really make you wonder if people are all talk about Christmas cheer. It certainly isn’t that way in practice.
When I started my errands for Christmas shopping I honestly had to psych myself up before I went out. I told myself to be prepared to stand line, don’t be in a hurry and just take it slow. I knew what to expect. What was pretty overwhelming (and disappointing) was the complete selfishness of people. It was quite disturbing to witness the behaviors.
Why do we get so crazy? I don’t understand why things have gotten so out of control. Everybody seems to be out for themselves.
I wish we would all just calm down. We seem to have this ideal about Christmas and thinking everyone should be cheerful. My friend, this is not the reality of it. I have two days’ worth of being out there in the madness to verify that this isn’t the case. The cheerful has been overtaken by the selfish.
The buying frenzy during Christmas is just out-of-control. We go on the hunt for the perfect gift and totally ignore the true meaning of Christmas. We talk about the niceness of Christmas but we sure don’t show it. It’s good in a movie but an entirely different situation in the department stores. It really doesn’t take much effort to be nice to others. We are all in this together and if we are going to make this season work, we all have to do our part. I love the stories about people going in and paying off everyone’s layaway. That’s good but it would mean a lot more and go a lot further if we would just think of others and treat everyone with respect and not just people on our friends’ list.