Holidays. As a naturally observant person I'm tuned in with people. As a clinical psychologist, I can't help but analyze how people act and interact during this largest of all holiday seasons. The inherent good in me idealizes that in the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the very best would be brought out and displayed among us all. The realist in me knows instead that from mid-November through December, I'm going to encounter a lot of stressed, pressured and intolerant people. And at times - more than I'd like to admit - I am one of them.
On a Sunday afternoon, I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from softball practice to pick up a few items. I had momentarily forgotten how close it was getting to Thanksgiving and literally cringed when I walked into the store. Crowded. No carts. People clearly on a mission to get in, out and on their way with little or no care or concern for anything but their own agenda. I thought momentarily about how truly competitive and materialistic the holidays had become. I felt sadness interspersed with disgust but disengaged myself from that because really, standing in the middle of a busy market, lamenting what I concluded was the disintegration of humanity was not serving any constructive purpose.
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