I’ve always been a people watcher. I look at the faces, the body language and I can see suffering. I see it most often when I go shopping and it really shows up during the holidays.

I see kids in the carts while Mommy or Daddy shops. I see the reluctant elderly working at the checkstand. I see the middle aged, shopping alone. More to the point, I see the expressions on their faces. Disappointment, fear, loneliness, and even despair. The holidays can be hard that way.

Wherever I see suffering, I see a lack of coping skills. I see people wishing other people would change…