I am somewhat stunned by the rudeness that can be encountered this time of year.
I just don't understand!
I understand busyness….I don't understand bullyness(I think I just made up a word, cause Word doesn't recognize it…but I like it… so it stays)
I'll give you an example. This week I ran out to buy my niece a Christmas gift at Target.
I was just going to buy 1 thing…well, who am I kidding….1 thing, Really?
I got a little side tracked in the girls section. Oh, they have the softest PJ's this time of year. So sweet with snowmen on green and pink plaid.
I was very taken with these little "must haves"… moving my cart around the rack…looking for the right size. Not realizing it, I accidently pushed my cart into a path of a lady who appeared to be about 10 years older then me.(here's a tip: always assume she looks at least 10 years older than you. It just makes you feel better about your own age!) She had a very disturbed look on her face.
"EXCUSE ME", she said in a very sarcastic tone.
Too bad someone didn't have their espresso yet today!
I quickly apologized with "I am SO sorry"!
And I was.
I didn't try to block her path!
It's not like I ran up behind her and scraped the back side of her foot with my cart!(better known as the heel; my children's specialty)
I think she realized that she may not be looking very pleasant nor was I intentionally trying to make her life more difficult. So with a little less intensity but still huffily, she moved her cart forward and said, "I guess you're too busy looking".
Wow! I just stood there and shook my head.
Merry Christmas! Aren't the holidays great!
I don't know what situation she just came from, it may have been very difficult. And I don't want to pretend I never have bad days, cause I do!
Note to self: Recognize when I need to just give my own self a "time out" and go to my room…alone…and wait out the bad attitude.
Because you know what, no one likes to be bullied. Not family, friends, strangers, co-workers, waitresses, my husband, or kids.
Today I want to remember to be especially kind to others,even if they aren't kind to me. I want to be thoughtful not only with the gifts I choose but with my actions and words.
I want to say "it's alright…even when I'm steamed".
Give grace….Give grace!
Isn't that what this whole thing is really all about?!
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