My favorite North Pole elf is the one you see in that classic stop-motion picture Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
In the cartoon you see all the happy elves in a row, dressed all the same, making the same toys for all the same good girls and boys.
Who knew in 1963 that some girls like toy trucks, and some boys like dolls and animals.
Then you see little Hermey there, wishing he were somewhere else, sad, fiddling with his toy he's responsible for, not able to move very fast.
He gets yelled at for saying how he really feels.
All of the other elves go down the table jeering at him:
Hermey doesn't like to make toys! Hermey doesn't like to make toys! Hermey doesn't like to make toys! Shame on you!
The elf foreman says, "Now listen you, you're and elf, and elves make toys! Now get to work!"
I remembered Hermey's journey to the Island of Misfit Toys with Rudolf, and I thought: if Hermey could go all the way from being miserable way up in the North Pole to his destiny as a dentist, then I could become whatever I set out to do. I was about 8 years old.
One time I woke up from a dream about Hermey and I walked in my night gown to my mother, who was drying the dishes.
I said, "Mom, can I be what ever I want?"
And she carefully put the dish towel down, kneeled down on my level, and said:
"You can be what ever you wish, as long as you are willing to pay the price."
What she didn't say, because she couldn't have known I would get a Meniere's diagnosis, is that our potential can be won no matter what the obstacle.
As long as you keep after your destiny.
My hope for you this Christmas Eve is that you're surrounded with good supportive people, get to be exactly who you are, and have a strong belief in your potential.
P.S. You are welcome to come by my FaceBook Live tomorrow, December 25, at 10 a.m. CST.
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