Here’s something worth remembering. What saves the Grinch, in the end, is discovering for himself that no matter how nasty, and dishonest, and devious he was…No matter how he tried, he could NOT destroy the spirit of the Whos…That what made Christmas important was NOT the toys, or the food, or the lights…It was what they could GIVE to one another. A song. A warm hand to hold. A gentle embrace.
So he gave in. He surrendered to the spirit of Christmas. Now, whether you choose to define that ‘spirit’ as Santa, Jesus, or the older beliefs on which our year end traditions rest, I feel that old Doctor Seuss was reminding us of the “Better Angels of our Nature”. That despite what negative things we see, whatever tragedies befall us, we all have the spirit within us. The spirit of giving, and kindness, and empathy, and it never goes out, if we don’t let it.
But in our deepest hearts, in our darkest times, it is so easy to give in, and despair. As Barry says in the interview, today…Having had hard times, and now being able to lighten the load of others…It’s humbling.
It feels GOOD to give. It feels GOOD to serve. So go do that.