What Did You Say To Me?

Last December, my business, www.truetip.com, sent out what I thought was a cheerful and well-intentioned email to our customers. The email’s main message was that the people at the company wish you “Happy Holidays”. Quite aware that not all of our customers celebrate all or any of the holy days, but assuming that New Year’s which is called a holiday on every calendar that I could find, I figured that I was going to be politcally correct and anger no one. I was wrong.

Not long after the happy greeting went out, an angered recipient wrote back to tell us that it is Christmas. Okay, sure, ya, it is Christmas-time but let’s not alienate the rest of the non-Christian world or the African-American population or anyone celebrating a start to a new year. I’m not sure what holiday greeting would have pleased her or held back her bitterness.

If it is Christmas shouldn’t you be kinder, more compassionate, and self-aware than to go to the trouble of spewing venom on others? She took what was an innocuous and common phrase, Happy Holidays, and interpreted it as a dilution of the event. I don’t see it that way.

If there is anyone who diluted Christmas, it was the retail industry a long-time ago. Whether you are a Christian or not consider this:

  • Maybe it’s not about the gifts.
  • Giving of time, assistance, and being there for others is the best gift anyone can give.
  • Kindness can be contagious.
  • Changing and improving the world starts with one person.
  • The ability to make life better for us all is to realize that we need to synchronize saying and doing the right thing.

Happy Holidays!

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

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