I have a great Christmas sweatshirt. It’s my favorite. It’s dark green with a Santa head on the front. This Santa is wearing dark glasses. I think of him as Cool Santa. I’ve had it for years. I receive compliments on it all the time.
A few years ago I got a completely different reaction, though. A woman walked up to me, took a long look at the shirt, said, “How sad, a blind Santa,” and then just walked away. It was one of the few times in my life that I was too stunned to say anything.
I think about that woman often when I wear that shirt. I would never in a million years have thought of that adorable Santa as blind. It makes me wonder what kind of sadness must fill her life for her to jump to that conclusion.
There are times when I’m wandering around out in public when I look at the people around me and wonder which of them is seeing Cool Santas and which are seeing Blind Santas. Which ones are hurting?
I also remember that woman when someone is rude or irritable with me. Chances are very good that they’re hurting just like she was. This helps me to respond in kindness instead of returning their rudeness.
During this beautiful Christmas season, try to keep in mind that those around you may be seeing Blind Santas.