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“The Good Child of Christmas”

It’s well known that, as the song goes, Santa Claus knows if you’ve been good or bad. After all, only the good children will receive gifts. It’s easy to “train” a child this way to do what you ask. But what happens when the good child continues this pattern into adulthood? A characteristic example could be the expectation of relatives for you to attend family gatherings, whether you want to or not, and to conform to this tradition. “You can’t disappoint us on such days!” Unfortunately, there’s no gift after such demands.

Especially in adulthood, where you not only have to attend but also present how well you’ve done in your work, in your relationship, in your marriage, in how you manage your children. Because the good child always succeeds and is rewarded by others for it. On the contrary, if you’ve deviated from this pattern of success, you provide ample fodder for comments and observations from others who “simply want to help you.”

Have you ever wondered how hard you try to be the good child especially during these days when you’ll interact with people you may only see once a year? Maybe you plan in advance what to wear, what to say, what to eat, and how much to eat to avoid reactions and comments.

But do you follow this pattern in the rest of your life beyond these days? However, consider if all of this is worth the reward you receive. Because, no matter what, we are the creators of our own lives and therefore the creators of the corresponding results of our choices. Ultimately, which child within you do you want to thank, yourself or others? That’s something you can choose every time.

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