Be careful over the holidays in 2013

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is an exciting time of the year for many people.

About this time I usually make a plea for all of us to retain a bit of sanity from now until the New Year. Holidays are times known for celebrations, and sometimes celebration leads to degeneration in conduct and a steep decline in the quality of our behavior and the activities in which we engage.

One of the worst places for that to happen is on the road. Tight schedules, last minute shopping, tired bodies and mind, and preoccupation with getting things done can combine to cause lack of concentration, careless actions and provoke irritable behavior that can lead to serious consequences.

Along with that is the tendency for many to indulge. Drinking excessively and driving is a major cause of accidents during the holidays. You will see many more officers on the road but unfortunately that is not enough to deter some people or encourage them to be cautious.

Here is something to arrest your attention. You could be one of the casualties of the holidays if you do not exercise care for you and the next driver. In other words the life you save may be your own.

Imagine your spouse without you, just for an afternoon or a celebration one night. That’s a cheap exchange for your life.

Don’t you think you are worth more than that?

Imagine your children without a father or a mother. We never really give some things the consideration they deserve until it is too late. But lying in a hospital bed with body parts missing or broken, if you survive, is hardly the best place to remember to be careful. Now is the time to think about it.

And don’t think it is not going to happen to you. The law of averages eventually catches up with all of us. It would be sad, very sad indeed if someone reading this column should not make it through the holidays because they did something foolish such as drinking and driving.

Rushing and speeding to meet deadlines or accomplish things quickly is not worth it, either. The sobering question is simply this: Is what you are rushing for worth your life?

While I am at it, why don’t you remember to put on your courtesy cap during this season. Be nice to others. Smile, say please and thank you. Open the door for someone else. Allow another driver to merge or get into the flow of traffic. Don’t just think of what makes you feel good think of making someone else feel good also.

Say thanks especially to people like the cashiers. They work long hours. They have to be nice. They face some very rude people who talk to them as if they are not people, and they can’t curse back at the people who curse at them.

Let’s treat others like people. As Jesus said, let’s “Do unto others as we would like others to do unto us.” This would make a marvelous holiday for all of us.

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