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Kindness, Justice, and Peace

By December 25, 2012

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The Pope delivered his Christmas message this morning, which included the statement of "Kindness, Justice and Peace." I think we should reflect on this during the holiday season, as well as in the coming year.

During a recent shopping trip I witnessed people being unkind to each other in the rush of the season. In particular, people were annoyed with another shopper who was in a wheelchair and was partially blocking an aisle while she was looking at a display. Instead of trying to go around her, they bumped and pushed her out of the way. Her caregiver was also pushed and a war of words ensued. Children who witnessed the incident were perplexed by the behavior of the able-bodied adults, which showed in the concern on their faces.

It is my Christmas wish that we could all be a little more patient with each other, especially for the disabled who can't always "get out of the way". A little kindness can go a long way. Instead of brushing by a disabled person or pushing them out of your way, why not offer to help them, or at the very least, say "excuse me." We're all in this together, and while you may be able-bodied today, things can always change tomorrow.

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