Book of the week: A Christmas Carol by: Charles Dickens3 min read

A Time to reflect!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Merry Christmas, everyone! “Bah!” said Scrooge. “Humbug!”

With those famous words unfolds a tale that renews the joy and caring that are Christmas. Whether we read it aloud with our family and friends or open the pages on a chill winter evening to savor the story in solitude, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience.

It is the one book that every year will warm our hearts with favorite memories of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future — and will remind us with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving with love.

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published in the winter of 1843 and has been republished countless times since. There have also been numerous enjoyable movies run on this classic story. A story that essentially evokes the bustling street life of the mid 1800’s with its main character being Ebenezer Scrooge who is a man so caught up with himself that he fails to witness what is truly important in life.

On Christmas Eve the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future visits him during his slumber and takes him on a journey that truly opens his eyes of who he was, who he is and who he can be. This journey even as it was painful for him to witness – actually was a blessing on to himself and others around him.

I write this final blog of the year as a husband, as a father, as a business owner, and as a leader. In life and in business we can sometimes be moving so fast that we tend not to slow down long enough to witness on how our actions affect all of those around us. We get so caught up that we sometimes fail to see all the roses of life that surrounds us on a daily basis.

I take this Christmas classic as a story to reflect on how we are showing up in the world. If we were able to go back and do things differently in the past what would we have done? If we were able to look into the future to see how it all pans out, how would that affect in what we do today? These are questions that we can always ponder. However, we can’t relive the past, and we can see into the future. However we certainly can choose on how we will show up in the present each and every day.

So, I bring you this year’s final blog and invite you to slow down over the next couple of weeks and beyond. I invite you to take account on how you living large affects all of those around you and how it creates the best you – that you so enjoy being.

Happy Holidays,

Coach Michael

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