Thursday, December 5, 2013
My Best Wishes: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and all the best wishes I can muster to you and your family. It is the time of year when we once again feel the giddiness of the holiday season enter our bones and we are often conveying our best intended wishes to our fellow souls. We replace, and sometimes add, a wish of holiday happiness in place of a thank you and, quite often, send friends and family on their way with season’s tidings instead of a goodbye. The feeling of doing this elicits a feeling of kinship and brings a sense of warmth to my heart. It is also an exceptional feeling when they are received. But this also seems to be the time of year when others take a sense of superiority in their well-wishing plans to make sure you understand their point of view. How many times have you been admonished for not being politically correct and offering a “Merry Christmas” instead of a “Happy Holidays’? Or, how many times has the reversed happened? It has happened to me personally and I have seen it done to others. This is NOT cool. Just by taking the time to wish a fellow human your best wishes should be seen as a real gift, an act of unselfish kindness which, when I last checked, the world could use a whole lot more. We have gone past a point where the simple act of receiving a wish of holiday cheer is seen as an attack on your personal beliefs. Relax. Enjoy the season, the well wishes and count yourself lucky to have those around you who are thoughtful enough to say something nice, at all. Tolerance. Or maybe we should pin it to our jackets so no one makes a trespass onto your person?