Usually the books you read during Christmas seem to be sweet and sappy and we all love them. And we all read them, often the same ones every year (for us it would be The Littlest Angel and we don't care if it's not doctrinally correct!).
But right before Thanksgiving, Teri loaned me her copy of The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck. I like Glenn Beck, I like the tones of his voice, his interrogative style when he's interviewing or even answering a phoned in question. I don't know what I thought this book would be about...but it was red and short, had some drawings, so I figured it would be just another one of those above mentioned stories. Boy, was I wrong. I won't give away the story but I wanted to add a quote from pp. 249-250 which had me thinking. You can read it and it won't mess up the storyline if you haven't read it.
Obviously, Eddie has met a 'storm' in actual fact and this is his question to his guide:
"Does everyone have to go through the Storm?"
"Yes, sooner or later. But no one has ever been lost to the storm....just lost IN IT. What most people don't realize is that you don't have to fight the storm, Eddie. You just have to stop feeding it...stop giving it power over you."
I am sure I don't have to continue with the thoughts here but you know what they are. We all have storms which we feed...continually. And it's time to stop the mealtime. Probably over 15 years ago, my mom read a book on child discipline and mentioned it to me. I think the title was along the lines of Change the Dance. We face storms with our children when they are young and battling to assert their own "power", at variance with the parents'. And parents continue to feed the storm, continue to dance the dance and things never get fixed. I learned to walk away and move on to other things. I need to remember to do this on days when I've had enough of whatever the day has brought to the table. Let it go....Move on....Find a new song to sing. But above all...we need to stop giving it power over us. We need to shake off the shackles that imprison us on so many levels and enjoy the freedom we are granted when we choose the right path.