By this time I am sure you all have received your share of holiday emails and messages reminding you all of all the things that you have to be grateful for, so I won’t bore you with another.
Since I spend most of the year telling you how great your lives are, I thought I would switch gears at this time of year, and remind you of all the things that you have to be annoyed by.
So after you are done with Christmas dinner, I want you all to take a few moments to consider the following:
All the great presents who wished you received that you didn’t. (Can you believe they actually thought you would like that junk they bought you!)
How the holidays turn mildly annoying everyday traffic into lousy logjams filled with totally rude, incompetent drivers who are capable of turning even the most loving and tolerant people into proponents of capital punishment.
The way your company cut back on the Christmas party by having everyone bring something to eat and then docked your paycheck for the time you spent at the party.
Your boss, or boss’s boss – one of them is probably a thorn in your side.
The lovely pre-holiday letter from your bank informing you of the new fees they will charging next year. Happy New Year!
That weird, annoying guy in your neighborhood who tries tirelessly to anger everybody – and succeeds!
Your kid’s idiot teacher who seems to know less about the subject matter than the students but insists your child is the source of all the problems in their class.
Government red tape!
Kim Kardashian – or any Kardashian!
Mindless, stupid newscasts!
Doomsayers, and anyone who finds a way to turn a normal conversation into a discussion of the Mayan calendar and the end of the world.
Ok, are you all pretty disgusted and fumed now? Are you ready to go postal at your local post office now? (Provided the budget cuts didn’t close that one down.)
Now take a deep breath, and think about all the people in your life who make all that nonsense worth putting up with.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL, BLESSED NEW YEAR MAKING ALL OF THEM AS HAPPY AS YOU CAN!
Spero columnist Chris Benghue is a writer and journalist. He is the author of Beyond Courage: The Nine Principles of Heroism, among other books.