Feed the hungry ~ Make someone smile ~ Give someone a hug ~ Plant a tree ~ Give to charity ~ Lend a hand ~ Share your lunch ~ Take the time ~ Stay in touch ~ Give up your seat ~ Call your mom ~ Hold the door ~ Let someone merge ~ Clear the ice ~ Hold the elevator ~ Shovel the walk ~ Watch your language ~ Pay a compliment ~ Spend time together ~ Don’t run a yellow ~ Tips generously ~ Smile to strangers ~ Spare some change… spare more ~
Those are part of Bell Canada’s TV campaign during this holiday season. I really like this ad… the message is so simple, straight to the point, and fits for Christmas spirit. As part of its “we are all connected” campaign, I can relate to those little act of kindness. I don’t live on this planet alone… at least I have to share the space with over 3 million people in this city.
In the hustle bustle of Christmas and year-end occasions most of us are tempted to run out of patience and kindness. Imagine you’re still in the heat of project’s deadline while you have to take care of other things in life… haven’t started your ‘ritual’ to prepare gifts for your dear ones, or haven’t finished writing your Christmas cards for families, friends, and clients, and zillion other mundane things. More and more you see people rush in the shopping malls, or your colleagues say their last greetings for holidays… Oh, you feel the pressure to complete your work so you can get out of the office, take care of your ‘ritual’, and slow down… Well, I know we’re in the same situation. So, take a deep breath, relax your mind, and let’s go through the above little act of kindness together… I know we can do it!
Oh yeah, I like the jingle of this ad too. The song is called “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I had to google the lyrics… and here at last I got it:
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas,
They said there’ll be peace on earth,
But instead it just kept on raining,
A veil of tears for the Virgin birth.
I remember one Christmas morning,
The Winter’s light and a distant choir,
And the peal of a bell and that Christmas tree smell,
And eyes full of tinsel and fire.
They sold me a dream of Christmas,
They sold me a silent night,
They told me a fairy story,
I believed in the Israelite.
I believed in Father Christmas,
And I looked to the sky with excited eyes,
Then I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn,
And I saw him and through his disguise.
I wish you a hopeful Christmas,
I wish you a brave New Year,
All anguish, pain and sadness,
Leave your heart and let your road be clear.
They said there’d be snow at Christmas,
They said there’d be peace on earth,
Hallelujah! Noel! Be it Heaven or Hell,
The Christmas we get, we deserve.