As children growing into adulthood, we are programmed to take things for granted. I sat here for the past week watching the Christmas movies on the Family channel and the Hallmark channel. As usual the protagonist has hidden issues that aren't portrayed until the end of the movie. This person goes trough a number of trials and tribulations, sometimes having to be selfish in order to gain what he needs to fulfill whatever it is he or she is missing in their near lonely lives.
Take the movie “Elf” for instance...a child is raised in the North Pole by elves and learns in his adult life that he belongs elsewhere...a story of adoption and reunion.
The movie “The Snow Globe” one of my favorites. A single girl whose mother interferes in her life and wants her to marry. In the process she rents an apartment down the hall from her daughters in hopes of them getting together. The daughter finds herself inside the snow globe where she falls for one of the figurines that comes to life, when back in reality her true love is waiting...a typical Cinderella story.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”...a child who was different and bullied grows up with hatred and ruins everyones holiday by getting even...story of being bullied.
Then you have the story of “Ritchie Rich.” a spoiled rotten brat whose used to getting his way with anything he wants.
I noticed that only at Christmas time these movies are shown...if they had shows on television like this all year round maybe our minds would have been programmed for unselfishness?
I watched the educational growth of children for years as a Teacher. I am a firm believer in “children live what they learn.” I think about everything I taught my students and everything the parents removed because they believed in spoiling rather then discipline. It's the way we are raised that places us in certain categories as adults. The way we are raised follows us throughout our lives and in our careers, and how we raise our own children.
I sat here thinking about my life and just how grateful I am to have had what I have in my life. Even through all my heartache and loss. Having spent that little bit of time I had with the ones who are now gone will last me a lifetime. Having the ones that are left are a blessing. So this holiday season and for that matter all year through, try to remember what you do have and try to be thankful for it instead of taking it for granted because it can be gone in a flash.