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Got to love the Grinch!!

The movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an iconic film that surfaces every December.

This Christmas season wouldn't be complete without the Grinch. At first glance, he appears to stand for everything Christmas isn’t, but after a little time, we start to see how relateable he is. This rhyming story not only sounds pleasant while listening, it also teaches us a valuable lesson to everyone who watches it.


The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas. “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. … Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of

gunk, Mr. Grinch.” Those are the words that are echoed throughout the film. Just think of what the Grinch’s self-talk looked liked during this time of his life. Now, think about all the times you don't feel like interacting with people or the times you'd rather stay at home than give yourself to your team, family or friends. How many times have you felt unappreciated, therefore, chose to withdraw and/or lash out at others? Instead of being the Grinch, let’s find a reason to interact and make a difference.


Start with your attitude. When you hit a wall while trying to maintain a positive attitude, remember you are the one who is in control. You have the ability to make choices and changes in your life. It will not always be easy. As my wife and yoga teacher, Katherine, constantly tells us… “Find the challenge in the situation, not the struggle.” Challenge yourself to try harder, give more, work effectively, be solution oriented etc. We all have the ability to live a life focusing on the positive, finding the good in any situation and working to resolve conflict in a reasonable, stress-free way. Remember to be confident, smile as much as you can and remind yourself your life is only as good as you make it.


Christmas is a beautiful holiday. It is by far my favorite holiday, based on my faith. People find many reasons to complain during the season; however, I challenge you to find the positive. It is definitely here. The Grinch definitely did not feel it at first, but eventually he did. He found his purpose in life through the love of another human being. Stop feeling sorry for yourself because of what has happened to you in the past and start focusing on making your life better for you and everyone around you. It starts today! www.pennvieau.com

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