In Dickens’ timeless Christmas Carol we meet Ebenezer Scrooge, a joyless bachelor who just can’t seem to muster one drop of generosity for any being on earth, not even his amiable nephew, Fred. In spite of Ebenezer’s outright hostile response to his nephew’s invitation to Christmas dinner, Fred remains steadfast in his kindness toward his uncle.
Let’s all try to be more like Fred.
May we all embody the spirit of Fred this Christmas, and find the open-heartedness to return ill will, resentment, prejudice, denial, and self-centeredness with empathy, equanimity and joy. May we remember the sufferings of the insufferable and grumpy, and model compassion, believing in the miraculous fact of our mirror neurons, and their ability to change the mood of those we come in contact with.
Scrooge’s nephew obviously knew a thing or two about mindfulness. By practicing empathy, or at least checking our own Scrooginess, we are more apt to experience positive emotions. Over time the increase in positive mood-states can soften any tendencies we have to be harsh that are detrimental to our own well-being and the well-being of others who witness our harshness.
So for your own sake as well as for the Scrooges in your life, I wish you the ability to be like Fred!
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