Tis the season of mercy and forgiveness

We see it in the movies like “Bad Santa” , Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Disney’s Christmas Carol.

The wonderful things about those movies listed above is that once the movie is over you can walk away. The real problem is when you encounter such a villain in public. You have every right to respond any way you wish, but I challenge you to respond with love.

Last week at the Post Office, I along with about 10 other people in line watched as a disgruntled, grumpy man attempted to open a Post Office Box. He bantered back in forth with the associate for quite some time. He simply did not have the proper paperwork to open the box. He ended the conversation with “Fuck you!”  Then he stormed out.

To my  surprise many in line began to chatter out loud.

“That man needs a hug.”

“He’s sure hurting.”

“Bless his heart.”

“I wish I could’ve helped him out.”

I was silent. Which is not normal for my ADHD unfiltered lips.  For the first time in my life, I heard the empathy of these strangers.  The Post Office clerk maintained her dignity. I was struck back. I wonder if humanity is awakening. These strangers took the side of this aggressive worn down man that just shouted the most profane word known.

While, I admit I have tried to become more empathetic over the years; however, this open verbal expression was a remarkable touch of love. Mercy and forgiveness are the two most important parts of humanity. Seeing both of these in action among strangers was a very notable moment.

Next time I see a Grinch, a grouch or disgruntled person trying to make their way through life try to be more empathetic.

If you are the grouch that yelled the “F” word in the Post Office in Texas, I just want you know you are loved by many merciful and forgiving strangers.

Happy Holidays,

JCV

 

 

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One comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I think more people are starting to realize we have a choice when confronted by ugliness; react or respond. Reacting can be easy and satisfying in the short term. Responding requires empathy and reflection, but in the long term builds relationships and builds people up. ❤

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