Christmas Season - 2009
I'm sure that this Chistmas, like the one that passed in '08, will long be remembered - for the misery, the uncertainty and the wholehearted lack of enthusiasm blanketing the holidays. Yes, I have been out at the malls, I have visited the main shopping streets in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica. I have heard the Christmas music piped in through the trees on the street and in the malls throughout. Looking around, though, without the music prompt and just looking at the faces of strangers passing me by, I get the distinct, gut feeling that many are deer in the headlights, frozen in Christmas space, wondering what to do next. It is definitely an anxious time for many. For some, it is even worse. Yes, I know that a large percentage of us are still fine, thank you and managing quite well. I'm glad. We can't all go to hell in a handbasket. Those of us that are better off need to step up this holiday season to contribute to the welfare of many who are hungry and unemployed. This season, I suggest thinking and doing something about what the Christmas holiday actually stands for - goodwill to others. Sorry to say, but lately I notice a profound lack of even basic consideration of others - in stores, on the street, everywhere. It's time to take a step back and consider that all of us occupy a place in this society. Common regard for others in the form of courtesy and respect is what a civilized society practices. I do hope for a better year in 2010. I know that I will have a part in making it better by doing and being the best person I can be. Difficult to do, but if you take it one day at a time, it is easier. Have a joyful and healthy holiday season. Here's to a more prosperous and stable new year.