Manifest Monday // Forgiveness and The Ghost of Christmas Past

In a flurry of hiking and christmas baking, it appears I missed yesterday’s post! But Tuesday is as good as any, isn’t it? As December is now upon us, christmas has officially consumed every waking moment of my day (and kitchen). I adore it! But somewhere amid the whirl of turkeys and tinsel, it becomes easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. As the Grinch once wisely stated “Maybe christmas (he thought) doesn’t come from a store, maybe christmas, perhaps! Means a little bit more.”  These next posts are to inspire the enchanted child within us and disentangle the jumble of shiny decorations and purchaseable presents to unwrap the genuine meaning of Christmas.

 

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A Classic Christmas Carol

In search of the true spirit of Christmas, we look to a different sort of spirit entirely, a ghostly spirit if you will. The sort of spirit that I revisit every year as I luxuriate in the magical world of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and the humbug of Ebenezer Scrooge. The 1951 black and white film starring Alastair Sim being my personal favourite of the renditions of this holiday classic.
  • Whether this is completely new to you or you have heard this idea before, take a moment, right now, to consider that this very moment is the only one you have and will ever have. Really think about this, let it sink in a second. The past is over, done, finito, the future has not arrived, but where you are this second, that is all there is. This is all that truly matters.  A favourite quote of mine from another round bellied fellow this holiday: Gautama Buddha: “Each day, we are born again.” In truth, we are reborn in each moment, awakened to another chance, another opportunity. There is no need to wait for another tomorrow to transform yourself, you have a new beginning with each and every breath.
The Ghost of Christmas Past
What shackles you? What event or person are you chaining to yourself in your thoughts and beliefs?  Mental baggage is heavy. You are not Santa, drop the hefty load slug over your shoulder and feel how light you become.  Everyone deserves forgiveness, including yourself. Forgiveness does not mean that you wish to keep the person close to you or need to be in contact with them. It does not mean you condone their behaviour. Forgiveness is about releasing our metaphorical shackles. Accepting that what happened has past, moving forward, setting ourselves free of  unnecessary rumination on past events and moving into the present. A true gift indeed.
This week’s challenge:
Unwrap the gift of forgiveness this Christmas. This week, choose someone to forgive. Perhaps a friend, a family member, a past bully, or perhaps yourself. In forgiving, we allow the past to remain the past, we accept that it no longer exists, and by doing so, it will no longer control us. If a thought or belief does not serve you, it does not deserve you.
  • My personal favourite way to forgive? By understanding that every person and circumstance comes into our lives for a purpose. They have a lesson for us, a teaching. These people and circumstances are here to serve you. Some of the teachings I have received in life have seemed rather harsh and unforgivable, but when I came to see the value in even the darkest relationships I have had with others, I’ve come to see that they were a blessing. In the end, they were all a blessing. Forgiveness is the true light of heart. The true light of Christmas.
Unshackling the true light of forgiveness and Christmas,
Suzanne Eden

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