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December 14, 2013

Tim Kean: Are you feeling the pressure?

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is such an interesting time. All the personal energy people are using is staggering.

Travel plans get busier with local and extended visits. Crowded schedules for social and business reasons with seemingly no end to topic discussions are wrapping up this year and getting ready for the next one.

There are numerous once-a-year get-togethers to ensure that everyone will know they are not forgotten and their work is valued. There are ongoing seasonal efforts to provide some food and gifts for those who can’t afford them, let alone enough for just a family. We decorate for celebrations, lest we forget the time spent shopping and buying of things that are mostly wants and not needs. Buying things that we hope to pay for later. Most are guilty as charged.

What is your response to witnessing this obscene level of materialism, overwhelming generosity and celebration all stirred together? If you’re a retailer, you probably have had to wait for it all year and hope it will be enough to sustain you until the next island of black ink appears somewhere on the horizon. If you’re a medical insurance company, in a few weeks all the deductibles will be reset back to the maximum for a new year, (ooh, what a hot topic).

If you’re a member of the clergy, you’re probably anxious to see all those who haven’t been in the pews for many months. If you’re a person struggling to provide for your family, you may be excited to find that you were selected to receive a slice of the bountiful gathering and in a few days of eating without scrambling for it, realize that the wolf will be back at the door and the struggle didn’t go away.

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