An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

I won’t deny that I have a temper. It used to be so much worse when I was in high school. I found a way to keep it in check for the most part. These days it takes a lot for me to be angry, but back then I fully supported the notion of an eye for an eye. I believed then that if you were going to hurt me I would hurt you back. Hurting people hurt people. Gandhi could never stand for violence. He believed that “non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.” He continued to say that he “object[ed] to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

This holiday season take a step back if you believe your anger is going to get the best of you. This holiday season when someone flips you kindly smile and say happy holidays, whether they can hear you or not. This holiday season if you see someone swipe the cart from an elderly person don’t get angry, just help the elderly person out. Whether you believe in God or not, the Bible says to turn the other cheek. Oh, and believe me I know how difficult that is sometimes because sometimes you honestly feel that you can’t fix stupid, but you can still turn the other cheek.

Make the most of the holiday season and bring joy and excitement to the people that you come into contact with. Make them feel good – even if for a second – and change their world. Ever heard of Pay It Forward? Pay it forward friend, and good karma will come your way.

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