This is the time of year for giving, not receiving. Loving, not judging. Kindness, not rudeness. So how do we make Christmas merry and bright? It requires one small action from you, and I dare you to try it. Try it more than once if you’d like.
Where did this motivation for starting this challenge come from? It came from hours and days on social media sites seeing how cruel and disrespectful this world is.
One small gesture will change a person’s day, or maybe even their entire holiday season. I challenge you, to purchase a beverage for the person behind you.
Won’t the Barista just pocket the cash?
Now… there are some articles floating out there that this does not do a thing since typically the barista will just take the “extra” cash and pocket it. I would make sure you stick around to watch and make sure that they do, indeed give the next person their beverage for free.
Are you going to get a thank you? A Merry Christmas? Or a head nod? Probably not…. but that’s not the point.
What is the point?
The point is, that this one small gesture of kindness can have a chain reaction. You can hope for the best that you at least get a “thank you” out of the deal.
Manners seem to be dead in today’s society. Frankly, it’s sickening to watch and social media can be to blame for some of that. Social media can definitely be good, but it can also be bad and spread negativity to others.
An Example of this negativity
Here is an example of this. I am a part of several “community” facebook groups and pages. It seems to me, that these pages and groups are used to whine and complain.
People really do nothing but bitch on these pages for ALL to see. Do you know what that does to a person?
It pisses them off. Is that what you really want this holiday season? Probably not.
You are commenting on someone’s dog barking too loud, or calling out individuals specifically in front of EVERYONE to see what they did “wrong”.
Well you, my friend, are rude, disrespectful and inconsiderate. Stop hiding behind social media and walk next door to the neighbor’s house with the barking dog and confront them, face-to-face. Your bark is worse than your bite. Grow up.
How about trying this, why don’t you send a message to that ONE person instead of calling them out in front of everyone else. You are making yourself look like a cowardly idiot hiding behind typing words.
Be Kind. It’s that simple.
So now since that venting session is over, let’s focus on what we can do to change this act of cowardly disrespectfulness. In the two weeks, buy that person’s behind you… drink or meal. Wish someone a Merry Christmas. Share the joy.
You should also try to be a bit more… thankful. The holidays are stressful enough without added negativity. After buying all the kids’ gifts and planning out the schedule, it’s time to try and relax a bit and give back.
Why am I writing about this right now? Because stress causes us to be cranky, and that results in being short and rude. I’m guilty of it, so are you.
Take a step back, be mindful
You can take a step back, and think about others. Stop being selfish and start being selfless.
Stop making others feel bad during this time of year, you have no right to do so. You have no clue what that person or family is going through. Nor do you know or understand what the situation is that resulted in what you think it “bad” or “wrong”.
Spread the joy and happiness, make Christmas merry and bright for others, then in turn… yourself.
Cheers, happy holidays!