Beware of the Grinch

Christmas is around the corner  and one of the  Western ideas that come to mind is Dr. Seuss’ character, the Grinch. A good friend of mine sent me an email about being ware of dream stealers. I had to share this poem by Denis Waitley that talks about the Grinches in our every day lives.

Now’s the time you should hear this! For very good reason!
Now, please don’t ask why. It’s not simply the season.
Sooner or later the Grinch will invite you
To give up your life’s goal as something you can’t do.

It could be his head isn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his pants are too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all
Is that his heart is too cold and his vision too small.

The Grinch is a dream stealer of many disguises.
A friend or relation with depressing surprises.
Just when you feel that your business is booming
He fills you with thoughts that are glooming and dooming.
He whispers about the forthcoming disaster
And about the new plan where you’ll get rich much faster

When you say you look forward to earning a million.
He’ll scoff and retort: “Not one chance in a billion!”
With a stock market rising and confidence strong
You’d think he’d get real and start going along.
But he howls and he growls with his terrible frown
“Whatever goes up, has got to come down!”

Sometimes the Grinch is quick to appear.
Sometimes he shows up year after year.
But whatever your “Why” and no matter “Who”
The dream stealer, Grinch, will start hitting on You.
He’s the fear deep inside that insists you can’t sell.
He’s the voice that says, “Stop! Things are going too well!”

He especially hates Christmas and the spirit of giving
For he selfishly thinks that by “getting” you’re living.
He thinks passionate service is too big a “Why”
And that money’s the only incentive to try.
But he’s missing the point, and hasn’t a clue
That every Who out in Who-ville has a Dream to come true.

Sooner or later all dream stealers find
That they’re out in the cold and left far behind.
What they could have or might have or should have possessed
Has now passed them by and left them depressed.

As you sit by the fire and plan the new year
Surrounded by family and friends of good cheer.
Remember the Grinch, with his feet in the snow.”
Standing puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas… Perhaps… means a little bit more!”
It’s a spirit to treasure each day and each night
It’s the reason the American dream is still burning bright
It’s a mission of hope you can trust and believe
“The more that you give, the more you’ll receive!”

It reminds me of a song by the Gaither Vocal Band “Give It Away” where Marshall Hall sings:

There are two kinds of folks-takers and givers

There's gripers and complainers and big hearted livers

It depends on how we choose to spend our days

We can hoard up all we've got, or give it all away

So, what kind of person are you?
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About Lillian

I am a proud student of the human experience which provides me with the perfect excuse for being a bibliophile (read: book hoarder) and the unofficial patron of Nairobi Inama bookshops. But in my past life, I was a recorder player. You can also find me on Medium (@lillianyamongo) where I discuss sustainable finance.
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