Beware of the Grinch—He’s a Dream Stealer

Denis Waitley shares this cautionary tale of the Grinch of stolen dreams in this adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:

Now’s the time you should hear this. For very good reason!
Now, please don’t ask why. It’s not simply the season.
Sooner or later the Grinch will invite you,
To give up your life’s goal as something you can’t do.

It could be his head isn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his pants are too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all,
Is that his heart is too cold and his vision too small.

The Grinch is a dream stealer of many disguises.
A friend or relation with depressing surprises.
Just when you feel that your business is booming,
He fills you with thoughts that are glooming and dooming.
He whispers about the forthcoming disaster.
And about the new plan where you’ll get rich much faster.

When you say you look forward to earning a million,
He’ll scoff and retort, “Not one chance in a billion!”
With a stock market rising and confidence strong,
You’d think he’d get real and start going along.
But he howls and he growls with his terrible frown,
“Whatever goes up has got to come down!”

Sometimes the Grinch is quick to appear.
Sometimes he shows up year after year.
But whatever your why and no matter who,
The dream stealer, Grinch, will start hitting on you.
He’s the fear deep inside that insists you can’t sell.
He’s the voice that says, “Stop! Things are going too well!”

He especially hates Christmas and the spirit of giving.
For he selfishly thinks that by getting, you’re living.
He thinks passionate service is too big a why.

And that money’s the only incentive to try.
But he’s missing the point, and hasn’t a clue,
That every ‘Who’ out in ‘Whoville’ has a dream to come true.
Sooner or later all dream stealers find,
That they’re out in the cold and left far behind.
What they could have or might have or should have possessed,
Has now passed them by and left them depressed.

As you sit by the fire and plan the New Year,
Surrounded by family and friends of good cheer,
Remember the Grinch, with his feet in the snow,
Standing puzzling and puzzling, “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”
It’s a spirit to treasure each day and each night.
It’s the reason the American dream is still burning bright.
It’s a mission of hope you can trust and believe.
“The more that you give, the more you’ll receive!”

Why don’t dreams come true? There are 5 reasons—and the Grinch is one.

Denis Waitley

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