On Christmas Eve, I watched Scrooge, the 1951 version with Alistair Sim. This is not only my favorite holiday film, it is one of my very favorite films. As I watched it, I realized that part of what makes Sim’s portrayal so great is that he doesn’t overdo his portrayal of “mean Scrooge.” You can still see flashes of the kinder man that Scrooge once was, and this makes it more believable when he transforms into “good Scrooge” at the end of the film.
This ties in with something I have been thinking about a lot lately. It seems to me that people almost never really change — at least, not in the sense of becoming an entirely different person. Instead, I think that people become better or worse versions of what they already are. People’s essential personality traits generally stay the same; but what they put those traits in service of, and which traits come more to the front, will change over time.
With that in mind, I offer this New Year wish. I wish that all of you will become a better version of yourself in the New Year. And I hope, and resolve, that I will do the same.
Something to chew on.