A mystical gift for the holidays from me to you (inspired by the incredible writing of Robert Fulghum).
All I really need to know to enjoy and celebrate this time of year I learned from Ebenezer Scrooge. The rebirth of one’s spirit and a chance to recover joy do not just happen by coincidence nor stroke of luck, but in the amazing moment of our honest resolve to simply conjure yourself as a better person.
These are the things that I have learned:
- There is always time for childlike wonder.
- Everyone gets the extraordinary chance to deeply love again.
- Starting over is as spellbindingly easy as making a decision to . . . start over.
- Fear is a miraculous force for change.
- Compassion and generosity are a potent elixir for lightheartedness.
- Acknowledging your own shortfalls is the first step to invoking true understanding.
- Prior failures are not predictions of the future.
- A connection with others will impregnate your world with enchantment and delight.
- You are always given the choice to make things different.
- Good things come in threes, too.
- Being a miser will just arouse your fears, it will not not enrich your life.
- Happiness can be summoned in the blink of an eye.
I know that, during the holidays, some people can feel increasing tension, get unduly worried, and become immersed in an unwanted sense of doom for a variety of reasons. When this happens, you quickly lose your once-magical equilibrium; the wondrous calm and confidence that, for the most part, is your standard and easily preferred frame of mind. When there is a lack of blessed harmony around you – whether it is real or imagined turmoil – your mystical foundation feels shaken and you are unsteady in your reactions.
If you allow it, just like Scrooge, you can become susceptible to the billowing and expanding upset around you, and ascribe fault to everyone but yourself. This type of thinking simply creates a never-changing and persistent losing feeling.
Let’s learn, then, from Scrooge’s lessons and make the conscious choice to savor the magical moments we experienced this past year, honor the people who have inspired us, and discover, once and for all, that any loss of balance is transitory and temporary.
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