My wife and I always observe how the holidays change people's attitude and energy. Well, their energy scatters and attitude disappears. They go from being mindful about who they are, what they're doing, to mindless.
They're probably going over lists in their heads, checking off recipes, errands, plans, time. I know time becomes very important to us on holidays. There's so much to do during these periods of celebration and so little time to do it.
Yesterday, arriving at the store parking lot, we saw the evidence. Twenty-four were heading toward the store on foot, up the parking lot aisles. All weaved back and forth along the middle; no cars could pass. They never looked for cars.
Inside the stores, people stared at lists, frowned at shelves and products, blocked passageways and stumbled into one another, often without comment or even acknowledgement it happened. Some of them look so worried and anxious. Few smile. They peered at wine and beer selections...checked cheeses...thumped water melons...smelled tomatoes...gazed at ice cream.
The best part of this holiday for me is that it's not a three day weekend. It was mid-week, a punctuation point in the middle of the sentence, where it does not belong. But this mark, this full stop - except, of course, the many service, law enforcement, safety, fire and rescue, hospital and miltary people working in America - caused the week's pace to slow. It's a nice break.
After the celebrations are over today, we're working with a few charities tomorrow and Friday, helping them and their causes, which are 0ur causes as well. Obviously, right? That's why they're helping them, n'est pas?
That's where the holiday's influence is limited. Everyone observes the period around here for a day, then we resume our lives and continue our efforts.
Have a fruitful, joyful day, wherever you are, whatever you do, whether you're celebrating a holiday, advancing with trepidation, or just hanging on.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com