Merry Christmas Everybody, today is a wonderful day of joy and family togetherness. I know that everyone does not celebrate Christmas, but to me the lack of a Christmas celebration would be completely foreign. On Christmas my family and I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and I know that he may not have been born in December, but this day just happens to be when we decide to celebrate the miracle. Whether you are a Christian or not, it is an undeniable fact that Jesus walked this earth and that he is one of the most inspirational people to ever live. The reason I have to say that Jesus is my favorite person in history is becomes he did what no other person could and he did it for everyone who ever lived. Jesus was able to draw multitudes of people without promising them any type of earthly treasure or amenity, and he is still one of the most quoted individuals of all time. Jesus showed the world how to love in a way that we still have trouble comprehending, and he managed to start a revolution without ever raising a sword. Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the day that the world welcomed the man who would change it forever. I believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and there are billions of others around the world who are willing to profess that same belief. It is amazing to consider that Jesus was just a baby in a manger some two thousand years ago, but today he is the hope of the world, and the promised messiah that many longed to see but few are willing to accept. This completes the series of my favorite people in history, Merry Christmas everyone, hopefully you enjoyed your day.
Over the past few months there has been a number of news reports about a flood of refugees populating European countries. While it is clear that these refugees are leaving their countries due to the damages of war, the citizens of the occupied countries are becoming quite unwelcoming. The entire continent of Europe seems to be experiencing a case of xenophobia as many people fear the idea of a coming “Islamic influence.” The refugees who have been marching through Hungary and trying to get to other EU nations, are former citizens of war torn Syria, Egypt, and other middle eastern countries, who are trying to flee the ideology wars going on in their country. Many citizens of European Union countries who don’t want to entertain the presence of these refugees due to fear are not even realizing the type of fear that comes with fleeing from a war zone. I know that many countries have reached out and decided to take on some of the refugees, but I don’t feel as though it is enough to just take them in, people need to be accepted and truly welcomed. Many of the refugees are not willing to stay in Hungary because they are trying to find a place were they can live, work, and thrive, and it seems like in Hungary they will always just be refugees. I know that many EU countries have pledged to take on and support a number of these travelers, but until they understand that these people are looking to be accepted into a new home, the refugees will continue to move until they find a peaceful place.
A bad mood can ruin a day, but it doesn’t have to control of your day. Far too many people let a bad mood take hold of their life when they don’t necessarily have to succumb to the stress of their mood. A few days ago a person who is close to me did something that made me very upset, and I have to admit, those actions put me in quite a bad mood. While what this individual did was annoying, I have to realize that these things happen, and our relationship is not any different, no matter how upset I became. Whenever an individual is wronged, if the transgression is not immediately addressed, they may end up in a bad mood, and that is exactly what happened in my case. I have since been able to resolve this issue, but aside from the actual wrong, a bad mood must be dealt with appropriately. There are times when a bad mood is not dependent an the actions of others, and for times like that, it is best to find a way to deal with it. Instead of allowing a bad mood to drive your day, many things can be done to alleviate the stress. Some people exercise, some go fishing, whatever can be done in lieu of being unhappy is a better option. A bad mood does not need to ruin a day, once you are able to find a task or hobby that can brighten your mood, any daily issues will seem as small inconveniences.
The world needs more genuinely nice people. Yesterday, as I was riding the subway home I witnessed an act that is quite uncommon in The City. I know that many people think New Yorkers are all callous, inconsiderate people who are only concerned with getting from point a to point b, but that is not always the case. I have to admit, I too have had reservations about how tactless New Yorkers could be, but after seeing what I saw on the train, it reminded me that we are all just humans, briefly meeting as we head to our destinations. The uncommon sight that I witnessed last night was of a man helping a complete stranger keep his balance as he stood on the train with his hands full. The train wasn’t crowded, so it wasn’t out of sheer closeness that this gentleman held this individual up, this guy actually stuck his arm out to hold the other up as the train sped, and rocked back and forth. I know a sight like this isn’t especially noteworthy, but considering the standard train interactions that I have witnessed over my many years riding the subway, this was a very welcomed change of pace. It is not hard to be helpful, but many people make it seem like a chore. When I think about this planet and about all of its inhabitants, I realize that we are best served by working together, rather than squabbling or keeping to ourselves. It all comes down to understanding the significance of a single life. I am glad that I witness this act of kindness, and I hope to see many more like it in New York. When we, as a species, can start to look at everybody as a single significant person, and not as another annoyance, I’m sure this city, this country, and even this planet will be a much more enjoyable place to live for all.
It doesn’t take much to be kind to another person, but often times it seems as though kindness has become a chore. It might just be due to the busyness of city life, but I rarely see people being legitimately kind to one another. Kindness is not just a way of treating another individual, kindness is also an overall disposition of pleasantry marked by a jovial attitude towards others. Many people consider acts of kindness to be grand gestures that are outside of normal interaction, but I would say an act of kindness could be something as small as saying hello with an authentic happy mood. Living in the city, I have noticed that the general attitude is stoic in nature, it is not until I visited smaller towns or other countries that I run into genuinely kind individuals. There was once a time when I believed that it was impossible to be kind in certain places, but I have since learned that kindness is effective in any situation, and the addition of kindness to even the most stressful circumstances works to alleviate the pressure of the situation. Kindness is necessary for any society to thrive, but it is a trait that must be learned. In order for humanity to thrive, we must foster true kindness in the next generation. Kindness is an infectious positive attitude that is independent of culture, gender, or ethnicity, hopefully all people can learn the benefits of kindness and choose to live peaceably with one another.