Five Days of Christmas

Some of my greatest memories have come from my childhood during the Christmas season.  I can remember watching out my window on Christmas Eve hoping to get a glimpse of Santa.  I remember lying in bed and trying ever so hard to sleep with one eye open.  Take a guess on how that went for me.  I usually made it to the point where anxiety would set in, as I laid worrying if I had made the nice list.

I was completely inspired by the possibility that someone was going to come down my chimney with a sack full of toys.  My belief in Santa created a number of wonderful memories that I will never forget.  Belief (much like most of you I’m sure) has been the foundation for my life.

We go through life, living many beliefs.  Our country was founded on a fundamental belief of freedom.  Belief is all around us.  It motivates us in every aspect of our existence.  The belief in the possibilities of tomorrow have allowed me to walk with my head high and full of confidence today.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”  What would our purpose be without the power of belief?   We are all in a position to instill belief in others.  As an educator, I try to exercise this each and every day.  Can you name someone in your life that believed in you when you were younger?  If we don’t foster belief in every child, we are doing a disservice to our existence.  Zig Ziglar said it best when he stated “a lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because somebody else thought they could.” 

The greatest asset the world has to offer is the human being.  What are we doing to protect this asset?  What are we doing to ensure we are getting the most out of every person?  Do we encourage others?  Do we inspire others?  Do we lend an ear or a hand?  What if we were to talk less and listen more?  What if we made it our daily goal to instill belief in somebody each day?

Whether it is believing in Santa or believing in a child or ourselves; the power of belief drives us.  We must believe that we can improve the world around us.  This must start with a believing in each other.  I can remember many times during my life that my beliefs began to fade.  In these moments, a number of special people came into my life and gave me a renewed sense of hope.  Can you relate?  We must be dream drivers, and not dream killers.

We have five days before Christmas.  Give the gift of belief each of these five days.  If you are in the field of education – find a different child every day and let them know that they matter.  Tell them that they can change the world.  Maybe you have a colleague that could use a lift.  Take a moment and let them know they matter.  The beauty of this challenge is that it costs nothing, and in the end could prove itself…priceless.

The picture below is my two oldest boys as they were sitting at the kitchen table two years ago. The boy on the right (Tayten – 6 at the time) was making a Bronco’s sign for Sunday Night Football.  He believed that someday he will be a QB in the NFL, and he was patiently waiting for Santa’s arrival.  The boy on the left (Jeter – 4 at the time) was drawing a picture for his little sister.  He was also patiently awaiting Santa’s arrival.  He will be the one sleeping with one eye open consumed with anxiety.  He believed that he will someday become a farmer and help his Grandpa.

I challenge you to spread “belief” this Christmas Season.  Do you accept?