What’s the Hurry?: A Rant About Rushing Things
I love the Christmas season; let’s get that straight, right up front. I love the buying and wrapping of gifts, the decorating of our fake little Charlie Brown tree and, the cookies — oh boy, do I love the cookies! Much to my family’s dismay, I even love the music.
Also, I’m a planner. Usually by now I’ve started a Christmas shopping list, and have begun to stockpile supplies for my annual fudge-mania. And I’ll admit I’ve already read at five Christmas romances this year.
But today, while eating lunch at Wendy’s, I was stunned to hear the tinny sounds of a Muzak version of “Good King Wenceslas” playing through the speakers at the restaurant.
Why was I surprised? It happens every year. Before the spooks and goblins of Halloween have a chance to fade, the world — or at least the stores — turn green and red for Christmas.
Last week, I stopped in at Aldi, and there were boxes of candy canes sandwiched between the bags of Halloween candy.
Um, do you think maybe we’re rushing things? Just a little?
Could we just slow down and enjoy the moment we’re in? We only get it once, so perhaps we should just live it.
Well, that’s how I feel anyway. Clearly the rest of the world — or maybe it’s just the retail world — disagrees with me.
I agree and so do the Buddhists: Be mindful of what is going on in the here and now.
If only we could all remember that.