Tis’ the season… for awareness

So the new week is started and it is already the month of December. This is the time when people start celebrating and are getting ready to share and care. Here is a question for you: Why is it that people usually “get in the spirit” when this time of the season comes around? Let’s be clear and a bit bold today…I want to talk to you about when the magical time is over.

You might be asking yourself where this comes from. Well people, I have a little story to share with you.

I went out to lunch with my Sweety the other day, and while we were there it started storming. When it was time to go, it was coming down like cats and dogs and even after a little time waiting, it was not letting up. We decided to leave because each of us had to tend back to work. So imagine this: in the restaurant’s vestibule, as I am pulling my pants up to my knees, taking my shoes off, looking for ways to protect myself from this super rain and getting ready to battle the cyclone outside – war face and all, I see this lady walk near me, look at me, pull out her umbrella, wait a little bit, and get ready to leave. We would have been leaving at the same exact time.

My hubby had gone to get the car closer to the front entrance of the restaurant (what a brave and chivalrous husband) and he had arrived. The woman saw me getting ready to brave the rain as she glanced at me one last time, and guess what happened…. SHE WALKED RIGHT OUT!

We went out at the same time and she kept going right beside me under her large, dryer umbrella. I was trying to run as fast as I could to the car under the deluge, but Miss Umbrella was calmly walking to the parking lot. My car was right there and she would have to pass in front of it to continue to hers, but she let me get wet. I got into the car in pure disbelief and wet. I could not digest that I had just been victim of pure selfishness! Now that I am thinking about it, I am still in awe in front of such carelessness.

Oh! The outrage!

I tell you this story to make a point. During regular times of the year, we tend to be a bit less concerned about paying attention to others who might need an act of kindness. I judge that woman, but I am also aware that she might not have thought about sharing her umbrella. She might have been totally oblivious about the situation altogether. THIS is actually what I want to highlight to you. The “unawareness”.



Yes, this is the season when people snap out of their own world and realize that there are other humans around them; but let’s make plans to stay aware after the holidays are over. Whether you are Christian like me, or from another faith, at this time of the year there is a love fest going on out there.

Allow me please to put in a quick disclaimer before the end of this post. Everybody, including me, has those “tunnel moments.” There are times where we are in our own world and have so much going on inside that we do not pay attention to what would otherwise appear obvious to most around us. As much as I was outraged at first, after processing I realized that there might have been a number of reasons why this woman acted the way she did and that either way, she was under no obligation to me.

Family, with all that said, let’s open this season with a little more awareness, but more importantly, let’s also continue to practice kindness as the year 2015 goes through. Besides, it comes back tenfold when we are caring to others!

In Faith

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18 Responses to “Tis’ the season… for awareness”

  1. It’s always good to remind people that you don’t have to wait until the holidays to think about other people 🙂

  2. Awareness of others and kindness are so important. I have always stressed this to my son’s and try to set an example.

  3. Sometimes it is easy to get upset at someone because that person didn’t do what we had expected. You are right that we should not judge as we do not know what is going through that person’s mind. We should always try our best to lead by example at any time.

  4. I’ve had a lot of moments like this. Makes me wonder what is going through people’s heads. On the flip side, what gets me is when you go out of your way to do something nice for another (even if it’s small), like hold the door longer when they are still a bit a ways away from it…and then you get no acknowledgement, no smile, no head nod, no ‘thank you,’ and they leave you feeling like they were entitled to your act of kindness. I hate the way that makes me feel inside.

  5. It happens, you can’t expect everyone to be kind nowadays; it’s very rare in fact!

  6. I totally think it is important to practice kindness all year long. I agree that it does come back to you. I think people should do it with out any expectations.

  7. Always a good reminder!! For any time of the year!

  8. I always have moments like this…you look so fresh!

  9. I try to be as kind as i can be everyday. It can be easy to get so wrapped up in your day that you tune out to whats around you.

  10. I hate to get those tunnel moments you talked about. When you realize after, it’s a total ugh moment. Good reminder to stay aware of others. 🙂

  11. Ugh, I probably would have done the same thing she did. I’m not sure it would have occurred to me to share with a stranger. I guess tunnel vision is right, but I’ll try to remember this in the future!

  12. I agree with you but on the other hand, you have to be careful when being so nice. Some people aren’t nice back.

  13. This is definitely a good lessons. We all need to be more aware in our lives. You never know – you could really make someone’s day a little better!

  14. I totally agree with your story and have been a recipient of similar thoughtlessness. Some of the behavior has been appalling and some of it outrageous. I hope and pray that awareness and mindfulness becomes a part of every day living in our society.

  15. Thank you for this post. I like that you called it a lack of awareness rather than describing it as… perhaps, selfishness!!??.. Sometimes, even the most giving people (including you and your readers) tend to be so absorbed in their worlds without noticing the obvious around them. Perhaps, during this season, we can try being thankful for those who (despite the stress of the holidays) still practice kindness.

    In the meantime, I am catching up on your blogs… I need a DO NOT DISTURB sign!

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