Scrooge reconnected the dots : Day 8 of 31

You could have told Ebenezer Scrooge over and over: You need to be kinder and gentler! People matter! It’s not all about work! You’re wasting your life! How can you treat Bob Cratchit like that–he’s hurting! His son’s sick!

All that was true. True dots.

But telling someone they should change hardly ever changes anything. How many times have you changed because someone told you to?

Ebenezer’s attitude came from something–his inner scrooge, a view, a perspective, an expectation of life and of what life is.

What he did made perfect sense to him–it FIT how he had already connected the dots.

In a way, he couldn’t do anything different; it was outside his realm of experience and comprehension.

Then one night he has the chance to connect the dots of his Past, Present, and Yet to Come. He sees new dots, and reconnects the old ones in new ways. It’s radically shocking. He begs for it to stop. His eyes are opened and his attitude, behavior, and the kind of person he is, changes forever.

Google says perspective is

the ability to perceive things in their actual interrelationships of comparative importance.

Google knows how to connect the dots.

Someone else said perspective is when little things are seen for what they really are.

When have your eyes been opened and you saw things for what they really are?


This is Day 8 of 31 Days of Connecting the Dots: make more sense of your life, your world, your hopes and dreams. Subscribe on the right or below and each day will be delivered every morning to your inbox. Visit the Nester to choose from over 1,200 more 31 Dayers.

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Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Abbie

    Ok, when I read the post title I pictured How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Kind of the same story. :)

    I’m not usually very good at seeing the big picture. I love Monet and am so glad he could. I get so immersed in the details or distracted by them or worried about them that I forget/can’t take a step (or two or twenty) back to look at what’s really going on.

    • Same with me Abbie – I forget all the time

    • monkey tamer

      I do too. It makes me a real pain because I end up so introspective and I’m such a piece of work. But it’s true of all of us. You’re not alone. So we say, thank you Lord for this beautiful & inspiring reminder!

  2. Lisa Malaniak

    Thought-provoking, Gary. Thanks!

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