Wish List Wisdom

Foolish Wisdom‘s most recent article is a thought-provoking post on wish lists:

When I saw this detailed array of lists I was rather amused and one of the first things I said was, ‘Why don’t you just go out and buy these things instead of waiting for someone to give them to you’? It dawned on me soon after that my comment said more about my general outlook than Jane’s lists. I realised that the reason I don’t really have a wish list is because if I had wanted a book or a DVD or a paper trimmer I would just go and buy it at that moment – and I mean at that moment – Jane will tell you how I can have an item searched for and purchased via the ebay app before she’s even finished talking about how much she likes it.

The reason Jane tells me she keeps a wish list is because it helps her separate what she actually needs from what she actually wants. I think I have realised then that a properly kept wish list is actually a subliminal sign of patience, it is a list that demonstrates a person’s ability to exist without the ever growing amount of ‘stuff’ that we all seem to compile. 

Definitely going to try to live this!



Excessively Diverting Fridays: Scrooge Edition

EDF is early this week, because tomorrow is the First Friday link up!

With Christmas approaching, I thought I’d give you a heads up on an AWESOME movie that you should watch this year for the festive season. It’s called Scrooge, and yes, is based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Starring: Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, and Kenneth More.

Scrooge is the crotchetiest, most miserly, unpleasant and unhappy old man ever. He is visited by the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of the fate in hell that awaits him if he does not amend his ways: (hello Alec Guinness)

Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley

Scrooge is informed that he’ll be visited by three ghosts who will try to convince him to change. He visits his past, present and future, and gradually, as he sees his life and that of others in perspective, is motivated to live differently.

It’s not only a beautiful story, but is a superb musical, with an excellent cast, the star of which is Albert Finney, who plays Scrooge at every stage of his life (beyond childhood).

Here is the unpleasant Scrooge from the beginning (who is so horrible that it’s comic):

So now you have a few weeks to get yourself a copy!!


The Advent of Advent

It’s true!! Advent IS nearly upon us, unbelievable though it may be. [That statement makes this very relevant:]

This does not mean, however, that Christmas has actually arrived. Advent is the time in which we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s first coming, by preparing ourselves appropriately, and in so doing we also anticipate Christ’s second coming.

It’s always a bit awkward to know exactly how best to prepare oneself though, isn’t it? It’s a penitential season, which we know because everything turns purple, but it’s somehow a bit different.

At any rate, everyone ought to be thinking of some way they can prepare themselves to receive Christ well this Christmas. My own gameplan: Morning and Evening Prayer, to immerse myself in the Scriptures that herald Our Lord’s coming.

What have been your most fruitful Advent commitments? Plans for this year?