“Spirit! hear me. I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this experience. Why show me this, if I am past all hope? Good Spirit, your nature intercedes for me, and pities me. Assure me that I yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life. I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”
Good morning, friends! We are now in the final days leading up to Christmas. Let’s get to it. Today is our last day of quotes from “A Christmas Carol”, and I’ve saved my favorite from the story. It is the consummate quote, I think.
To paint the scene each of the three spirits (Past, Present and Future) has engaged Scrooge and now he faces his ultimate destination… alone, friendless, without love. The spirits have revealed to him how he has first shut out people and with them their love and concern and emotional support. It is a cold, dark night Scrooge grovels on his grave stone begging for another chance, as cold and dark as his heart. Can he wipe away the past and change his future? It is the most powerful question any of us faces.
I am not here to judge your past. I don’t even encourage you to judge your past. Evaluate your past honestly and objectively. Take stock of the life you’ve chosen. Is it the life you sought? Is it the life you desire? Is it the life you need? Is it the best life for you now? You can change nothing about your past but your future, beginning right now, is completely yours to change if you choose.
The subtle story of Scrooge is that he could not wipe away the writing of his past. He did blow it with Belle. He did alienate his family. He did chase away any opportunity for friends. He did create a hell for himself. But the writing of his future was unwritten; there were no words to wipe away, only words to write, a story to create, a life to live. This is your story and mine! Change isn’t immediate or easy. It rarely is comfortable. Still, change is always possible. Give yourself the greatest gift you can this Christmas by making the best choices possible for yourself. See your better life and become it. It will be the best Christmas ever when you do.
And remember this: good, bad or indifferent, God loves you, and so do I. Merry Christmas, friends.