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OPINION

Editorial: Cut some slack to delivery drivers

By The Editorial Advisory Board

Times are challenging right now, we understand.

The ongoing pandemic and the stresses of the holiday season have combined to put undue pressure on many of us. But take a step back and think for a moment: These days will pass. And there is no need to take your frustration out on those in the shipping industry.

Our friendly postal workers and those who deliver packages for such private companies as UPS, FedEx and Amazon itself, are doing their best. Delays will happen, especially given the extra items we expect them to handle — prescriptions, everyday essentials and now boatloads of Christmas gifts.

So now we all have a job to do. We should expect delays when sending or receiving packages. And if that happens, we should accept it with a smile.

The world won’t end if a present arrives on Dec. 26. That’s Boxing Day anyway, and plenty of people in other countries celebrate it. For that matter, what if the present arrives on Dec. 27? You can just create your own holiday! It’s the birthday of acting heartthrob Timothee Chalamet, after all, so perhaps you can celebrate that.

The point is, really, that 2020 has been difficult. We’ve all had to contend with unexpected changes and a world that sometimes feels as though it’s spiraling out of control. That’s understandable, if unfortunate.

We do, however, have the ability to change how we react to this situation. Yes, we can all sit and brood. We can also celebrate in the face of all this adversity. And we can celebrate on days other than Christmas. We can celebrate every single day of December and January for that matter. It’s up to us how to react, not what surrounds us.

Many days, this mental discipline might feel impossible. We react to what’s going on around us, and perhaps that’s enough. Surviving counts as success.

Yet let’s all try to do better, and not just for those tireless folks who deliver our essentials and nonessentials day in and day out. Let’s do better for our friends and families, for our community members, for all of those in our orbits daily. Our attitude makes a difference to them too.

If we all join forces, if we combine our efforts in positivity, we can make this a holiday season to remember. And it won’t be about presents, but about our combined resilience.