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What's The Matter With Us?

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Whew, I am so glad to be human. I was listening to the news the other day about a herd of animals that trampled over one of its kind trying to get to some food. Even though the animal was lying there, dead, the others were determined to keep going for their target. Wait a minute. They weren't animals, they were human beings! A 34- year-old male employee of Wal-Mart in Long Island was trampled and killed on Black Friday. He was trying to keep the shopping customers calm during their big sale. Over 200 people took the hinges off of the company doors just to get to those sale items. In that stampede, a pregnant woman was also knocked to the ground.

Are we that stressed, and stretched, that we could be so barbaric as to trample over a helpless human being just to save a dollar? Why? What's the purpose? Are we so desperate to get a game, computer, blue ray or a high definition television just to see a family member's excitement? Are we that materialistic? Please don't tell me that there people walking around now saying, "Well, I feel for the man's family, but at least I got my TV."? What is wrong with us?

Chill people! I know that our economy isn't doing well at this time, but it's going to get better. I could be mushy and remind you about Christmas and its true meaning. But, I'm just going to remind you of your humanity and ask you to keep that in mind this holiday season. Most of us would like to make it to see Christmas next year. Please stop and take a good look at what is truly important in your life. If you want to make your family smile, just be here. Appreciate who you have in your life. Materialistic things are just that - material. They have no feelings or emotions. Remember what is true and meaningful - humanity, caring, understanding, etc. Let us be positive about this upcoming year. We've got a great new president coming on board to help ease the stress that we as a country carry on our shoulders. Jobs will be reborn and the economy will shine once again.

Do I have to remind you about our 1st grade teachers instructing us to get in a straight line, walk quietly down the hall and pick up our toys to play? Do we need such guidance? Life is stressful enough. Enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends. Make a difference in a positive way. Instead of bum rushing the stores for great sales, how about taking time to be thankful for what you have and who you are.