A baby boy crawls into Santa's satchel of presents and travels back with him to the North Pole.....
So begins the wonderful story of "Elf," a classic Christmas movie which captures the spirit of innocence and hope. If you've never see "Elf," I highly recommend it.
With a new year right around the corner, there is no reason for us to abandon the uplifting feeling of the holidays just because Christmas and Hanukkah are over.
|Comedian Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf|
I have watched "Elf" many times when it it isn't even close to the holiday season just because it makes me laugh and reminds me that my outlook on life is my choice. Sometimes I do get caught up in the negative aspects of every day life and forget that it's essential to keep it simple and believe that tomorrow will be better.
I won't go as far as Buddy and believe "that there is always room for everyone on the nice list" but I can choose to keep a "holiday spirit" with me if I want and carry it around to feel any day of the week, any time of the year.
Comedian Will Ferrell, a veteran of "Saturday Night Live," plays Buddy the Elf perfectly! Every time I watch the movie, I never doubt that Buddy truly is one of Santa's elves. One of Buddy's charms is his love of singing and his belief that singing -- even if you make up the song as you go along -- will make you and everyone else around feel better and more hopeful.
Buddy's sweet philosophy is essentially this: "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." And he practices it as much as he can.
Now, really think about it. When was the last time you sang out loud? When was the last time you sang in the shower? When was the last time you sang along to a song while in the car? That you sang a song while you were just walking around?
Don't get me wrong. I am not ignoring the realities of life. I see the problems and stresses that I need to deal with and as I get older those problems have become more complicated. But I also know that finding the humor in life or singing a song to myself or just being silly about a situation can help me momentarily rise above the tensions and perhaps help me find a solution, even if it's only short-term.
"Elf" is also about developing a childlike sense of humor. Not in an annoying, repetitive, selfish way but developing the ability to see the silly side of things in life. Humor helps me get through ordinary hassles and feel less stressed.
If 2012 has taught me nothing else, it has shown me and proved to me over and over is that I can only change myself and the way that I react to life and its unpredictable situations.
I can be negative or I can be positive and being positive gives me the resolve and extra boost I often need to face the day!