Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;
Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures
These are the opening passages of Richard III by William Shakespeare for those who may not know. But I have found that the GS community is generally an educated one. I doubt if many of you did not know this passage.
I have seen a lot of discontent in the eyes and faces of shoppers this past Black Friday and Black Saturday. (I believe J.C. Penney was the first major retailer to coin the phrase "Black Saturday"). Folks will do the craziest things this time of year just to get a certain item. But discontent is a separate issue. There are those who WANT to buy but can't due to their personal finances. There are those who abhor the commercialization of the Christmas season.Those who have no one to celebrate the Christmas Season with. (I fell most sorry for them!)And then there are those those who are just greedy--they need and want it ALL.
Our brows are bound with [vicious] wreaths. Thise who are greedy for themselves or for others show that to be true.In the holiday season that is quickly coming folks hearts should be happy and joyous.Charity runs rampant during this time of year as does the message of "peace on earth, good will toward men". But that is not always true and those are folks who have the "vicious wreaths". Now before you comment I said vicious and not victorious. I would hope that the bard would understand my point.
Many of you may be familiar with the person who sprayed others with Pepper Stray at a midnight opening just so they could get an X Box. I bring this up here not to celebrate that person. Their actions were despicable! But it did involve gaming which is the mainreason forthis site.These folks are the greedy. Did they exemplify the Christmas Spirit? Where was the "...goodwill toward man"?
The countdown has begun to Christmas Day and the time will pass quickly.Enjoy it for all it's worth. For 1 month--8% of the year--we should all aspire to higher standards.many of us will at one time sing Christamas Carols. Be sure to mean the message you are singing in your heart. Your singing will be much better and more believeable.Have a great Holiday season and remember the reason for the season!
Let "merry meetings" and "delightful measures" abound!!!