My first job was in a pizza place, and the night before Thanksgiving was one of the busiest of the year. Up until then, I never associated pizza with November in any way. It seemed everyone was so busy cooking tomorrow’s dinner, that no one wanted to make that night’s meal.
Most people were nice, some were not, but we couldn’t allow it to affect our reactions. When their pizza was boxed up, and they turned to leave, we were smiling at the next person in line. It was more than good business, it’s a wonderful prescription for enjoying this season.
Someone you meet in the next twenty four hours will be either angry, or grouchy. You may not realize it, but rude people lurk around the spice aisle where you buy nutmeg once a year. You can’t isolate yourself from them, but we can insulate ourselves.
First, find the joy in this time of year for yourself. What about it makes you happy? Once you know, lock that down in your heart. Don’t allow others to steal your happiness these next few days and weeks.
Second, view others, especially the irritable ones, through eyes of compassion. Their anger, attitude, and actions, could stem from depression, heartache, or loneliness. Remembering this, will alter your entire view of the man who just snatched the last stalk of celery you needed.
Lastly, if you find their moods affecting you, watch for it. You’re human, people are going to get on your nerves, don’t let them stay there. Refuse to allow a momentary interaction to dictate your actions the rest of the day.
Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the other special events of your life, are too important to allow others to ruin them. Mentally box up the few minutes you spent with them, and push it out of your mind. Then smile at who or what is ahead of you, knowing that you’re happiness is safe behind the counter of your heart.