As you can see, over half of our respondents are either indifferent toward, or negative about the impact of the Political Class on their business. The rest are hopeful about their business because of the upcoming Republican-controlled Congress. Alas, the Dems got no love in this poll.
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As you know, I often weave my thoughts in this space around a statement someone else has made, or idea they have proposed. Occasionally, like today, I find something where I have nothing to add, and just want to pass it along. Below is such a piece.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may try to destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Do it anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them, anyway.
Some say I’m a scrooge - they might be right. But here are three exhibits in my defense:
1. The early part of my career was spent in retail, which is tough on the holiday spirit. There’s a syndrome for everything else; why not one for retail survivors? Let’s call it PTHSS: Post-Traumatic Holiday Shock Syndrome.
2. Since I don’t wait until the holidays to give someone a gift, I just don’t get all worked up about holiday giving.
Not that the ladies mind getting stuff all year (let’s not lose our heads!) - it’s just that they want me to be giddy about giving at Christmastime. Giddy? Bah! Humbug!
3. As an avowed and devout contrarian it would be antithetical for me to feel obligated to do what everyone else is doing. And if there is one thing that has become part and parcel of the holiday season, it’s obligation. For example:
a) If someone gives my significant other and me a last-minute gift before Christmas, “Other” feels obligated to reciprocate. I don’t. I’ll do something nice for them in March.
b) After the Christmas cards have been sent, if an incoming card is received from someone not on your list, do you rush to get a card out to them? Not me. Maybe next year.
In The World According To Blasingame, giving should be voluntary, not obligatory. In fact to a scrooge, not reciprocating is actually endearing.
It’s not that I don’t like the holidays. As a Christian, this is an important time in my faith life. As a capitalist, the importance of holiday spending to our economy is not lost on me. But I just don’t care for what we self-absorbed humans hath wrought on the holiday season; and if that makes me a scrooge, guilty as charged.
On behalf of my misunderstood scrooge brethren and sistren (I met a female scrooge once), let me clear up a few things.
1. Scrooges are lovable, huggable and, yes, even cute.
2. It’s a myth that all scrooges are skinflints. Some are actually quite generous, but their generosity isn’t obsessive and doesn’t come with giggles.
3. Scrooges can be quite caring and compassionate without saying, “Bless their hearts,” over and over.
As proof - and to influence my acquittal - I offer two challenges into evidence; one for me and one for us:
- I challenge myself to be more receptive to, and tolerant of, the silly parts of the holiday season and those who perpetuate the silliness. But, please, be patient; the mill of a scrooge grinds slowly.
- I challenge us to be more generous, loving, thankful and spiritual all year long, not just during the holidays.
Imagine what would happen if we all practiced peace on earth, goodwill toward everyone, every day. It might sound something like this: “Let’s help those people right now, in the middle of July!”
Write this on a rock … Peace to you and yours. Shalom. Salaam. Que la paz este con ustedes.
How concerned are you about potential damage to your business due to racial tensions?
But we’ve got to stop acting like America has made no progress with race relations in the past half-century every time a single altercation happens. In America, where the rule of law is supposed to replace anarchy, how does what happened between Mr. Brown and Officer Wilson justify the destruction of neighborhood small businesses?
And shame on national leaders whose words and behavior give grievance-merchants license to incite riots that make collateral damage of innocent people, including Main Street business owners.