Scrooge’s phrase was immortalized in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol first published on December 19, 1843, in London. It makes me smile to think the tale of a cranky, old miser turned kindly and benevolent managed to stay so relevant for more than one hundred and seventy years. I’m sure if we put on our thinking caps we might be able to imagine individuals we know today living parallel lives with those characters in the book. More importantly, where do we fit into Dickens’ cast of characters? With everything going on in the world today, it’s easy to recognize we’re dealing with the same issues of poverty and social injustice as the book tackled despite our advanced technology and resources centers. From a civic level, we have an opportunity to make a difference in our community this holiday season. The month of November brought us Rock the Block saluting our veterans and Christmas on the Square igniting our love of music, food and holiday spirit. (The retailers’ discounts were a welcome relief to our wallets as well.) Those managing and volunteering behind the scenes saw results from their time and effort through the community turnout. Participation was the key to success! But like a football team without all the players and fans showing up, it runs the risk of ineffectiveness. Decide this season to be a Fan or a Player. Don’t be a miser when it comes to your time, talent or treasure. Join your fellow citizens in lifting the community up to a higher quality of participation standard. Make time for the next civic event, roll up your sleeves and share your talents in orchestrating the production of it, or simply come out and share your treasure by shopping locally. Imagine the participation of our whole community at the next event! It would bring true meaning to Tiny Tim’s most grateful quote, “God Bless Us, Everyone!”
Originally Published in The Bay City Tribune on November 29, 2015.