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Keiser's Role

Keiser's RoleA column by Trevor Keiser

Scroogey thoughts

December 22, 2010 - The other night I sat down with my family to watch Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" (we like the George C. Scott version).

As I sat there watching, it got me thinking, what it would be like if the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future paid me a visit? Would I like what was revealed of my life?

When I reflect upon my past I am filled with great memories, but there are definitely some things I wish I would have done differently. I wondered what the outcome would have been if I would have made a different choice in certain circumstances. Of course the lessons of the past can help me in my present and future.

I understand not everyone has had a "pleasant past," but I do not think one can move forward until they've come to terms with their past, both good or bad and living in 'the good ole days" doesn't benefit your present or get you an further ahead.

Despite the present circumstances of a down economy, highest unemployment rate, crime increase, and everything else that seems terrible. I still believe there is joy to be found in every day. A simple gesture of kindness or "goodwill towards men" can go a long way.

Does that mean being cheerful is going to magically make the economy start up, or get you that job you've hoping for? Not necessarily, but the domino affect of a good attitude is amazing.

As far as the future, well like the past I think it's not something to cling on to, but it is important to have a hope and a vision.

Do you think if you were able to see into the future you would like the person you became or do you need to change the course of your present to make way for a better and brighter future?

As you sit down to celebrate Christmas with your family take a few minutes to evaluate your life may you "live in the spirit" of past, present and future and not shut out the lessons they teach, but like Scrooge "honor Christmas in your heart and try to keep it all year long."

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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