Tis the Season to be jolly! So, imagine with me that Santa Clause and Darth Vader are attending the same Christmas party…
Why would a quintessential symbol of purity and selflessness, Santa Clause, hang out with the essence of evil and hate, Darth Vader. I’ll tell you why. They create balance in the force.
Santa: So, Darth, D, can I call you D?
Vader: I prefer Darth, or Vader (deep breathing sound).
Santa: Oh, ok. So, D, what are you getting your staff for Christmas this year?
Vader: Well I strangled my space station commander with the dark side of the force for failing to successfully carry out a direct order, but I spared the lives of the other crew members even though they were technically guilty by association. So, I am giving them another day to live this holiday season.
Santa: Wow, um, D, that’s not really a gift. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’re glad they didn’t die, but don’t you think you could go a little further and give them something more meaningful? Like more time with their families? That might be a more thoughtful gift rather than requiring them to eat, breathe, and live that space station.
Vader: I guess I hadn’t thought of that Santa. Now that you mention it, I could open my heart a little more and give my staff a real gift. I’ll give them a few days off with pay, wait, do I pay them? Yes, oh yes, checks go out semi-monthly.
Santa: That’s the spirit D!
Vader: So what about you Santa? How are your holidays coming along?
Santa: Well, D, not so good. I’ve been so stressed out lately with all of these gift demands from children. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and these children, but my conscience just won’t let me fulfill the wish list of the six-year-old who wants an iPhone. It used to be so much easier. A rocking horse for Suzie, a baseball bat for Billy.
Vader: It sounds to me like you’re getting caught up in all of the hustle of Christmas but not focusing on what truly matters. I can’t say I know what truly matters, but I’ll bet if you search your heart, you’ll know. And besides, you’ve got to have a heavier hand with these demanding kids. Who are they to ask and ask and ask an…
Santa: Ok ok, D, I get your point. You’re absolutely right too. In all of the holiday rush and pressure to be the perfect gift-giving Santa, I’ve forgotten about what truly matters. And, I’ll loosely consider your thoughts on the heavy hand bit. I’m glad we’ve had this chat D. Hot cocoa date same time same place next week?
Vader: Sounds good to me Santa. I’ll bring the marshmallows.
See what I mean? Balance in the force.
If Santa and Darth Vader can learn from each other, the question is, what can I learn from them? I am committing this holiday to really focus on how I treat people around me. Though my workplace tends to get stressful around the holidays, my employees can still see a smile on my face and a “we can do this” attitude. My wife can see some holiday cheer radiating from me after a long day of work. I can even do more dancing jigs when Christmas songs play. I like doing dance jigs. I can take deep breaths in traffic rather than trying to strangle people with my mind when they cut me off on the way to work. I can be the best version of me. I am also going to focus on the things that really matter this season, loving family, loving people, and loving Jesus.
Do you need to add some balance to your holidays?