In the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, three ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge. The ghost from Christmas past takes him on a tour of what once was; the ghost from Christmas future, hooded and carrying a scythe, provides a horrific glimpse of what will be (if Scrooge continues his miserly and cantakerous ways); and then the ghost of Christmas present pays a visit. With him, Scrooge is provided a perspective of what currently is. It is on this tour where Scrooge realizes the endless opportunities with which he’s being presented to reclaim the person he once was and who he always wanted to be: someone who makes a difference.
As you gather with friends and family over the holidays, there will certainly be stories told of what once was: of simpler times, when life seemed much easier, and joy was abundant. And, undoubtedly, conversations will turn to the future; with the economy in shambles. Dark shadows may grow as speculation gives way to “certainties”. People will shake their heads in dismay. Some may wonder, “What is to become of us?”
In this moment that you can be a guide and save your holidays – and perhaps more. The ghosts of the future aren’t a certainty. If the conversation turns to doom and gloom, interrupt and tell your family that the ghost they’re talking about don’t get a free pass. Then, ask questions like the ones below to ensure your loved ones aren’t sending invitations to the very ghost they despise.
- What are we most grateful for right now?
- What do we love and appreciate about each member of our family?
- What are things that don’t cost money which we have in abundance?
- What qualities do we possess as a family that gives us the confidence we’ll always be secure?
- No matter what happens in the year to come, what are we determined to gain?
The future is not a nightmare and holds nothing to fear – especially when we can seize the opportunities of today to be the person we always knew we would be.
Warm wishes to you and your family during this special Holiday Season! Thank you for the abundance you continue to create.