One of my favorite things about Christmas is watching A Christmas Carol… my own personal tradition is the one with Alastair Sim.  I don’t remember a year when I haven’t seen it.  The very idea of his giddy madness at the end of the film reminds me of my own childhood and the penetrating warmth of my Grandparents home and Nanny’s absolute bliss shown in a quick kitchen clog at being surrounded by her family.  I spent very little time on earth with her but her spirit walks with me and she is thought of often and especially today.  She taught me so much about accepting today and dreaming about tomorrow.  The idea that we can change everything… not just who we are but the path we are on and our futures… I LOVE THAT!

Scrooge chose Christmas morning after a particularly interesting night and then chose every morning after that.  And we can too!  We have a choice everyday to make a difference in our lives by doing one thing that helps maintain a positive outlook.

As we participate in the festivities of the season… think about the spirits that haunt your past, your present and your future.

  • Do you spend too much time dwelling on regrets, have you taken steps to apologize to anyone you may have hurt; have you settled scores with yourself so you can make room for a positive mindset?
  • Have you taken an audit of your life today, the goodness and opportunity that surrounds you?  Have you given thanks and participated in life?  Are you hording your spirit and skills or are you sharing them with the world?
  • Are you planning for a bright and prosperous future filled with abundance?  Are you taking care of your body and spirit today so you can thrive tomorrow?  Are you mindful of how far your actions reach?

I find it fascinating that the “pre” Scrooge character is the one that still shows up at the themed events.  He’s the one we recognize and love for the man we know he’ll be.  In his day he would have be quite old and set in his ways… but he changed in spite of it.  He changed in spite of us.  He taught us that misery does not like company.

To Your Financial Health

Tami Ross

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