The Power of the Present
Every Christmas, I always get in my dose of Ebenezer Scrooge. It reminds me of the power of the present, and our ability to change overnight. This year, I saw Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol and A Flintstones Christmas Carol. Yeah, not exactly the same as George C. Scott, but, I also got to see a live performance of A Christmas Carol. What a great performance. The following line stuck with me:
The present is fast fading. Live it and love it. For soon it will be gone.
As the lights faded to black, the delivery of that line, along with the scenes from Scrooge’s life really helped to punctuate the point … life is short … embrace what you’ve got, and live life fully.
While I didn’t get to see as many versions of A Christmas Carol as I normally do, I was glad I got to see this local community theater production. It was incredible. In fact, it was the best performance of Ebenezer Scrooge I’ve ever seen.
With this Scrooge, you could feel the pain he felt as he experienced his choice of money over love. It was more than sadness. As his body trembled with sorrow, you knew he was inconsolable. People in the audience cried softly for this Scrooge.
As you can imagine, these scenes of a forlorn, heartbroken, and miserable man, really helped to contrast his personal transformation to a spirited, cheerful, and joyful one.
The beauty of the story is that it does not dwell on how Scrooge lost many of his years to bitterness and misery. It’s not a story about his opportunity lost. Instead, it’s a story of opportunity found. It’s about rekindling the fire inside and a love for life.
Above all, it’s about making an impact on the people in your life.
And what a powerful ending to the story:
“He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.”
The end of the story was actually a new beginning.
And it all started with how he lived the present.