Let’s all be Scrooge
No name had conjured up so well the image of a miserly, downright nasty individual. This literary character became the prime definition of a person who cared not one bit for his fellow man or woman.
But let’s rethink this for a moment. After all, this was only the beginning of the story. After visits from the four spirits in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge was transformed into someone who had immense love and compassion for all humanity. He became, at last, generous not out of duty but from feelings of complete and overwhelming joy in giving to others.
So for this moment when we hear the name Scrooge, let’s think of redemption, of second chances and the human capacity for change. May we think of finding joy in helping each other and showing each other that we care. May we think there is hope when we feel we aren’t living up to our own expectations. We are all capable of changing for the better. So let us all become Scrooge and not only end this year feeling a little better than before but continue our journey of change into the next year as well.
I wish all a joyous holiday season.