I can’t help wondering if perhaps Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol” was not just looking back over his life. Was there just that moment when he wished that all he had lived through was but a dress rehearsal for the real thing? Was there not the slightest hope that it was all just a dream from which he learned what he needed to know. He then awoke, and instead of it being Christmas Day, it was actually the first day of the rest of his life.
My first real understanding of this Dickens’ tale was the animated Mr. Magoo version. I could never forget his relief and utter jubilation upon realizing the horrors he had seen were but a dream. The spirits had done it all in one night, and he had not missed Christmas Day. He was given a second chance to make everything right.
As someone having a bout of wisdom once told me, “The worst thing about life is the learning curve.”
If only life could be like Ebenezer’s bad dream, from which we could wake and begin anew.
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