This article was published in December 2010 on ChristianScience.com. Enjoy!
CHRISTMAS RETAIL — A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE
The hustle and bustle of the mall was in full swing for the winter holidays as I walked to the clothing store where I worked. I envied the people I saw sitting on a bench or laughing with a friend. I wanted to relax and have fun, too. I dreaded going to a busy store where I would be on my feet for hours with a fake smile plastered on my face. I had been a seasonal worker for the same retail store for about a year and I deeply disliked the work. If I wasn’t bored, I felt overworked. Each day, I pretended to care about over-priced merchandise, served unappreciative (and sometimes rude) customers, and felt embarrassed when I couldn’t complete a transaction without help from a manager. I would mentally count down the hours until I could go home as soon as I arrived at work. Then, one day, as that familiar feeling of dread swept over me, I decided enough was enough! It was time to change my perspective and turn to God. Continue reading “Merry Christmas!”