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I was reading Brené Brown’s blog this afternoon and followed a link to a post from 2010, and all the comments she received in response to it.  I wasn’t the only one.  There were others who had found this post the same way I did.  While the post may be a few years old, the message is still one that needs to be shared with as many people as possible.  It needs to be heard by as many people as possible.

It didn’t surprise me that all comments were positive.  People are aware that we, as human beings, are on a very slippery slope.  I don’t think it would be quite as serious if it involved only talking on cell phones, even though it’s rude.  I worry, too, about all the texting going on during school, in church, and (oh, my) behind the wheel of a car.  If fingers aren’t madly twitching over the phone pad, they are only semi-twitching for as long as it takes to read the next incoming text.  No one seems to focus or concentrate, except as is required to pay devoted attention to their cell phone—to the nearly total exclusion of all other activities or the people around them.

Since turning 65 last spring, I’ve become uncomfortably aware of doing something I promised myself I would never do.  I was never, ever, going to make statements about “the good old days” or “what’s happening to this world?”   Now, I find myself sadly wondering the same thing, and thinking with nostalgia of years past.  I suppose it’s a sign of advanced age ;o)

But that doesn’t dilute the message of Brené’s post.  At this time of year, it’s especially true. We need to SEE the people behind the cash registers; behind the ‘Returns’ counters; in front of many stores, monotonously ringing those off-key bells—often dressed in a poorly fit Santa suit—with bored and hopeless eyes.


IMHO, we need to be those sparks of light a former president alluded to.  We need to make this a kinder, gentler nation.  Why stop there?  What about a kinder, gentler world?

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments.