52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol

unnamed-3Bob Welch’s third offering of his “52 Little Lessons” series may well be his best. In 52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol, Welch examines the inner workings of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic with the attention to detail of a forensic scientist. From it, he gleans another batch of applicable-for-today life lessons as he did with Wonderful Life and Les Miserable.

“What I found so interesting about the story is that, first, while the spirits have a bit of a hard edge to them, it’s really ‘tough love,’” says Welch. “They believe the man is redeemable. Why else would they invest the effort in getting him to find his old self?”

And though we tend to stay transfixed on the Old Scrooge, Welch celebrates that “the guy had the guts to change — or allow the spirits to help change him. I honor him for that. It’s rare these days that people have the courage to get out of their self-dug ruts.”

 

Among the lessons:

You make the chains that shackle you
“Almost” doesn’t cut it
Attitude is everything
The past can be empowering
You can’t wish away the uncomfortable
Death is a comma, not a period
You must be present to win
Seeking forgiveness is a sign of strength
Live with the end in mind
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