I wrote this last year, but I think it's worth repeating (besides, I LOVE Matt Dillon!):
"I went to bed last night mean, and I woke up meaner." Marshall Dillon, Gunsmoke
Tis' the season to be, well meaner. A lot of stores are asking for donations to various causes, but it seems that when a polite no will do, I hear customers go on their rant about how they are their own charity. I realize that not everyone can spare a few bucks to buy extra for someone else, but what's up with the attitude?
Lately while shopping online or in a real store, I've been asked to contribute to a worthy cause. A buck here, the change in my pocket or few dollars more for an extra purchase. I've decided to do what I can, because I'm grateful. I don't know about you, but I woke up this morning and the list gets longer after that.
Last year I witnessed a wonderful act of generosity. While waiting in line in the grocery store, two of the customers struck up a conversation. The woman was buying food for a nearby church to cook for the homeless, but the meal was also open for anyone who didn't have anywhere to go for the holiday. When it was her turn to check out, the gentlemen she was having the conversation with told the cashier that he would pay for her groceries. He felt that if she was going to cook it that the least he could do was pay for it!
So this year I'm going to practice a little more charity because I'm blessed with faith and hope this Christmas season.