Tonight I introduced my son to Charles Dickens's, "A Christmas Carol". We saw the 2009 movie.
He liked it, but hey...What can I say? It wasn't Pokemon.
I actually carry on with the tradition of watching Christmas movies during this time of year. Few days ago we saw Home alone 3, for the 47th time.
The most important thing is that, at the end, he understood the idea: he understood that one has to give something back, that one can change lives if they care enough.
I was, however, impressed once more by Dickens's idea, over 170 years ago. I read it first while I was in high school and loved it...over 170 years ago :-P Then saw a million movies based on it.
How wonderful to write a story of kindness and humanity by turning to the three regions of time: past, present and future.
The novella talks about change - the main character, "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner" changes into someone capable of love, joy, generosity, and compassion.
I'm someone who does not believe in people, who lacks trust, who always sees the bad first, but I am capable of appreciating genuine good things when given to me by the right people.
Otherwise, I wonder if I need to see my own ghosts...
Help - make it easier or possible for
(someone) to do something by offering them one's services or resources.
no definition forhelping oneself though, no user manual, but it's still
one of the things that I'm trying to learn along with my son and some of my
As far as I see, I'm getting good at it cause
believe very strongly in the power and ability to help ourselves.
we don't always do it, cause it's so damn hard.
actually easier, from my perspective, to help others.
But we don't always do that either.
believe that, being able to help ourselves gives us freedom.
what is better than not depending on others for anything?
only some of us seem to chase this freedom.
Could it be
that the fake Freud quote is
freedom = responsibility and people flee responsibility?
The R word is
indeed a word used by grownups in their world and, many of us are still
struggling in it.
Would it work if I just decided to help myself become a millionaire? Probably
it'll take more than just deciding, right? Aaaaand that's the difference right
there, between me and the 19 year old who's the CEO of the coolest brooms
startup something...Already asking too many questions.
and follow them, but at the same time we tell them about a fat man, with a long white beard, dressed in red, who, somehow reaches all the children of the world in one night and comes down the chimney carrying gifts.
Do you ever wonder if it's a choice for them? Do they CHOOSE to believe in
Are we still children with the choice to believe that, at some point, we will have that magic in our lives?
That we're entitled to it?
That we deserve it?
Look at us, all grown up, choosing to believe that, around Christmas, magic and miracles can and will happen.