Ripping up the Naughty and Nice Lists

All I really want for Christmas is for all the naughty and nice lists to blend into one spectacular ‘I’m ok and you’re ok list’ so peace and joy descend over the land.

 No more sexual harassment or predators

Cutest thing ever:  My nephew and his wife have been teaching their two and four-year-old boys about ‘stranger danger’ so when they were sitting on Santa’s knees for their annual visit and Santa’s hands accidentally patted the little one’s privates he informed Mr. Claus, “You touched my penis” and gave him the cold shoulder.  Good job mom and dad; message received and appropriately acted on.

Sad that we have to have those types of conversations with our kids…but there’s been a whole lot of sexual not at all nice things in the news lately.  Nice to know there is hope that the youngest generation will refuse to be victims or predators.

Stop race and religion from becoming divisive

For years there has been racial and religious prejudice.  Black and White.  Native Americans and first European immigrants.  Irish Catholics and English Protestants.  Muslims and Christians and thousands of years of “this group” fighting with “that group”.  We are just people.  We can agree on some things and disagree on other things but don’t have to label others by one trait or one belief.  We don’t have to hate anyone because what they believe or how they look–millions of mirror image of ourselves would be so boring.  My mom and dad used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”  Boy have they gotten smarter as I’ve gotten older.

Stop expecting government (translated others) to be responsible for the consequences of poor choices

We are in some pretty deep holes as a society and this one is going to take some climbing up and/or reaching down and pulling up others before we can move on, but it can be done.  How much better when we reach out one-to-one than when we think a check from “the government” is enough.  No one can make another person change, but everyone can change others through their actions.

We can love each other enough not to start wars that pull families apart.

Nothing is more heart-warming than watching soldiers, marines, sailors and the rest of our military surprise their partners, children, parents, etc. when they come home unexpectedly.  Nothing is more heart-wrenching than watching a family member bury their moms, dads, siblings and loved ones.  Help the warriors who come home transition back to peace.  Help the veterans of the past deal with their past…the horrors they saw and things they had to do should be lessons, not legacies for our grandkids.