“A miserly old humbug has a nightmare, and completely changes his personality? No, I don’t think so.”*
I am sorry that you had such a hard time with this book. I am aware, though, how it might have disappointed you. For, you see, you are a miserly old humbug yourself. You always have been and you always will be. Unlike Scrooge, you do not have dead friends that care enough about you to haunt you and make you change your ways. I can see that it may be disappointing to you that you wake up every morning to find yourself still the unpleasant old asshole you were the morning before. Since life hasn’t changed for you, there is no way it happened to Scrooge.
Here is how you can go about changing yourself instead of waiting around for some ghosts in a nightmare to show you the light.
Don’t take books literally. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned there that has nothing to do with other people. Let’s take A Christmas Carol, for example because I know you have read it. Instead of seeing the message as being “a miserly old humbug has a nightmare, and completely changes his personality,” let’s think of it as, “a man sees that he is being a horrible person to those around him and decides that maybe he should be nicer to people, especially seeing as they could have dying children.” Doesn’t that seem like a more accessible message? Do you think that maybe this is what Dickens could have been going for?
Try to find ways to spend your time in productive ways that will help you better yourself. Want to know a not productive use of your time? Writing one star book reviews on Amazon for a classic! Who is going to actually read your review except for people like me who are searching for nuggets of gold in order to make fun of them. Instead of spending the three minutes I am assuming it took you to get on Amazon, find the book, and write this, you could have walked down the street and smiled at some people! You could have stopped into a local coffee shop and bought a coffee and left a tip! It wouldn’t have taken up any more time in your day and it would have spread some goodwill. Instead of thinking, “There goes that miser,” the people you smiled at or tipped would think, “There goes that nice guy from earlier!” It really doesn’t take any energy to not be a dick.
Looks for the postives in live instead of just instantly being disappointed. So maybe you didn’t like that Scrooge changed his ways but maybe was there something in the plot that was exciting? Try to find something you like or appreciate in everything even if you don’t like the piece as a whole. This will help to train your mind .
I am so sorry that life has lead you to believe that everything is terrible. I am sorry that you feel like a miser in your own life. I just hope that these little bits of advice can act as your nightmare and be a wake-up call to become a better person. Let’s hope you can wake-up and become a happier, better person.
*One-star book reviews are real customer reviews of books from Amazon.