30 – Lessons from A Christmas Carol

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Hey everyone

I hope you have had an incredible week and are looking forward to the final run up to Christmas. I braved the shops this morning to do some final Christmas shopping and everywhere had a lovely feel to it. The shops were busy, the Christmas songs were blaring out and everywhere just felt festive. I can’t believe it is only just over a week away!

One of the Christmas tales that I absolutely love is the tale of Scrooge. I was talking about it with a colleague of mine this week and we were reflecting on the key themes of the tale. As I am sure you know, the story is about someone who used to be the life and soul of the party and then let business and money get in the way. Money and success became so important to him that Scrooge lost his friends, his family and his sweetheart and he turned in to a stereotypical miserly old man.

I think the thing I love most about the tale of Scrooge is that he is given a rude awakening in the form of three ghostly visitors and makes the decision to turn his life around before it is too late. Who can forget the lovely scene at the end when he realises that he has been given a second chance to truly live his life and his first thought is to deliver a random act of kindness in the form of a turkey that gets sent to the home of his long-suffering employee Bob Cratchett?

There are so many themes I could pick from the tale of Scrooge to write about however I have chosen to focus on two:

1 Random acts of kindness

As you probably know by now, my husband Rob is a Head Teacher at a very busy school. Rob’s personal assistant is an amazing woman called Valerie. We lovingly call Valerie Rob’s work wife as she takes such beautiful care of him when I am not around. He does joke that he gets twice the amount of nagging but Valerie and I like to think it’s more about keeping him organised!

There are so many ways that Valerie provides support to Rob and in our lives, she is a bit of an unsung heroine! I really wanted to demonstrate to her how much we appreciate what she does so I decided that I would show up at her office this morning as a surprise and have cream tea with her. So, having purchased fresh scones, raspberry jam, macaroons and clotted cream (when I could eventually find some!) I arrived at school to surprise her!

We had a lovely hour together (mainly sharing stories about Rob and basically ganging up on him!). That treat cost me very little in money or time but meant that I could really demonstrate to someone that they make a difference to me. I loved the time we spent together.

This time of year, it is easy to get swept along with all the festivities and to just focus on buying presents, getting in more food than you could ever need and trying to be all things to all people. Often, it is the little things that make the world of difference to other people. So, why not get creative and think about a small random act of kindness that you could deliver to someone. Is there a busy parent that would welcome some babysitting to enable them to finish their Christmas shopping? Would a homeless person appreciate a sandwich and a hot drink? Would a lonely pensioner appreciate a cup of tea and a chat?

Something very small can make the world of difference to someone else.

2 Deciding to make your life amazing!

Unfortunately for Scrooge, it took the wrath of three ghosts to finally get him to wake up and smell the coffee. I’m not suggesting anything so drastic as ghostly visitations but I do want to remind you that you can make the choice to elevate your life in a split second. That is all it takes.

When you think back over the past 12 months, how do you feel?

A – Do you feel energised because you have achieved so much and you have lived a life beyond your wildest dreams?


B – Do you feel frustrated because you had so many plans for 2017 and you have not achieved half of the things that you wanted to do?

If it is ‘A’ then congratulations on having an amazing year. Keep it up and build momentum as you move in to next year. 2018 is going to be better than you can imagine because you are already living with purpose.

If it is B, this could be the moment that you realise that you can make a different choice for 2018. You can decide right now that life is for living and that you are going to elevate your life and live a life that is worthy of you.

Over the past 12 weeks, I have been sharing tips in the blog about the steps I have taken to elevate my own life. They WORK and I truly speak from experience!

So, if you are ready for a fresh start just like Scrooge, make that choice right now. Don’t delay. Decide what you want, take accountability for making it happen and take regular action. It really is that simple.

Until next time

Be extraordinary

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One Comment on “30 – Lessons from A Christmas Carol”

  1. Joanna what a lovely blog. I love helping people it puts a smile on my face when you see their faces light up. I am going to do more of this in 2018. What a lovely surprise for Valerie, your so kind, god bless, Michelle xx

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