During this hectic holiday season many people are concerned and embarrassed that they cannot match their generosity of the past again this year. There are so many people out of work and those that are working are often helping those who aren’t. There is a lot of anxiety in the land.

            This year calls for an extra measure of consideration. We should be careful about depicting those who are out of work as lazy or as just wanting a handout. There is a small number that fit that category, but no more than usual.  There are always those who cheat, but does that excuse my bad behavior?

            Our attitude needs to be one of graciousness. For many of us it is much harder to be a generous receiver rather than a generous giver. We need to develop an attitude of gratitude.

It is easy for nerves to become frayed and attitudes to become judgmental. Resist the temptation. Let’s make it a joyous time for everyone. Make an extra effort to be upbeat and uplifting. Let the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas fill the air. Say Something Nice to every person you meet. You will be glad that you did.