Okay, it’s not even close to Christmas, but every day should be Christmas. Here is why. I came across a story that hit home. It shows how each of us should be Santa Claus every day to make the world better.
The story goes like this:
A son asked his father, “Dad, is there really a Santa Claus?”
His father replied, “Before I tell you, son, I have a question for you. You see, the “truth” is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t unknow it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. So, my question is: Are you sure you want to know?”
After a long pause, the son hesitated and said, “Yes, I want to know.”
“Ok, I’ll tell you. Yes, there is a Santa Claus.”
The son replied: “Really!!?”
“Yes, really. But he’s not an old man with a beard in a red suit. That’s just what we tell kids. You see, kids are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain it to them in a way they can understand. The truth about Santa Claus is that he’s not a person at all; he’s an idea. Think of all those presents Santa gave you over the years. I actually bought those myself. I watched you open them. And did it bother me that you didn’t thank me? Of course not! In fact, it gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without thought of thanks, acknowledgment, or anything else in return. That is how we should live life each and every day.” Dad continued, “When I saw that woman collapse on the subway last week and called for help, I knew that she’d never know that it was me that summoned the ambulance. I was being Santa Claus when I did that.”
“Oh. That’s pretty cool, Dad”
“So now that you know, you’re part of it. You have to be Santa Claus too now,” the father replied. “That means you can never tell a young kid the secret, and you have to help us select Santa presents for them, and most important, you have to look for opportunities to help people. Got it?”
“Yes sir!” the son said enthusiastically.
Moral of this story: We ALL have to be Santa Claus each and every day. Providing acts of kindness, giving, and fulfilling opportunities to help people without expecting anything in return. Yet, the return will happen because that is what Santa Claus does, he makes our world a much better and happier place.
To learn more about how you and your company can be better Santa Clauses, contact me at mlewis@marklewisllc or visit www.marklewisllc.com.