The holiday season brings into sharp focus that the world revolves around people. I have to admit to sounding like a Scrooge by the time I get off the roads at the end of the day during the holiday season, I just can’t believe who has a license to drive on the roads some times. But there’s a lot of other joy that can be found in people especially during the holiday season. It’s such a blessing to watch a child open a gift, especially if it’s something they really want. And the holidays provide an opportunity if you don’t take the time on a regular basis to show the people in your lives that you do indeed appreciate them.
I’ve watched about a dozen versions on the traditional Scrooge story this year and there are tons more I haven’t watched. The holidays (and the end of another year) also are a reminder to pay attention to the type of person we are. Scrooge may be a holiday character but we have Scrooges in our lives all year long (you may even be one!). We have the ability to a certain extent to choose how much time we spend with those types of people and how much influence we allow them to have in our lives. It’s not always easy to stand up to or ignore these people though, they have very commanding, intimidating and overwhelming presences.
But I believe that each and every person has value. You can choose to use that value to help or hurt others. You also have a choice in how you develop the value you have. Do you choose to spend your (free) time with people who support you and build you up and occasionally challenge you to be better, or do you choose to spend your time with people who could get you in trouble and crush your dreams? Your choices in how you contribute to people’s lives and who you choose to contribute to yours is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain