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Dear Everyone In The Universe:

I know that the winter holidays are coming/here, and this is a stressful, emotional time for all of us. It may be hard to get into the holiday spirit, especially with the economy the way it is.

However, I would like to make a request: Please, during this season at least, think hard before reacting from your gut. Remember that the people with whom you interact are also stressed and emotional. Remember that your hard day is not their fault, just as their hard day is not your fault. Please do not take your troubles out on the people around you. Take some time for understanding--you may be surprised what you get back.

In other words, please, please, PLEASE, play nice. I'm not asking you to be a doormat or just let people be mean to you. I'm just asking you to be extra-conscious of what you say and how you say it as you interact with others during this season. Also, I'm not asking any of you to do something that I wouldn't--I commit, right now, to the valiant attempt of not biting people's heads off, of trying to assume the best of people, of working to stay in the mode of "peace on earth and goodwill toward men/women/others." I hope that this will make this time of year better, not only for those around me, but also for myself.

Thank you.

Date: 2008-11-26 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeanvieve.livejournal.com
I offer this Guy's Rule up for everyone:

If we say something and you can take it two ways, and one of those makes you angry or sad, we meant it the OTHER way!

I'd also like to encourage everyone not to shop at all this year for presents. Keep in mind that you may be buying a present for someone that cannot afford to reciprocate, and it will make them sad. And tell everyone that this is a no purchased presents year!

Or set up a 'only hand crafted things or IOUs for same allowed' exchange.

And remember that there are people sleeping under underpasses for every hour that you're warm and well fed. Pass it on!

Date: 2008-11-26 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrghan92.livejournal.com
To quote a wise Baron, "Try not to be annoying, ant try not to be easily annoyed" I hope you are having a good holiday with your honey, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

*hugs*

Date: 2008-11-26 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shiningmoon.livejournal.com
One of my favourite sayings is "do not ascribe to malice what can easily be explained by"--well, the end of the saying is "stupidity", which is kind of insulting, but you get the gist. :)

It's always helpful to give people the benefit of the doubt, not just at this time of year. (...as I'm sure you know :) )

Date: 2008-11-27 12:40 am (UTC)

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