What is It and Where Does it Come From?
“The secret to maintaining happiness is to nourish our love every day.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
Let me suggest that Santa Power is perhaps one of the most powerful things in the universe. What is it really? I am certainly not referring to the commercialism that springs up around Halloween in many of our stores and I doubt that any of us will argue that Madison Avenue has taken advantage of our collective psyches in order to support the retail economy, whether for better or worse. The Santa Power I am talking about is something very important that we usually don’t think about until we get older. Children, on the other hand, know what Santa Power is and what it can do because they have not unlearned it yet. Let’s dissect Santa Power and examine carefully its several components over the course of the next several days. Let’s start with the first component of Santa Power: faith.
Faith is what helps a person not only have direction in their life, but also helps them be strong as individuals. I looked up a few definitions of the word “faith” and found that Wikipedia defines it as “confidence or trust in a person, thing or deity…[it is] often used as a synonym for hope, trust or belief.” The Merriam-Webster definition states that faith is “strong belief or trust in someone or something.” Accordingly, if this is true, then faith refers to something inside a person rather than something that is directed to something outside that person. Why is this distinction important? Because it means that when a person has faith, having faith actually gives something to the person who has it. And what does it give? Quite simply, it gives the person the ability to live their life on a path that will give them freedom: freedom to have a direction in life that is fulfilling, and it helps them develop confidence and self esteem. When any person, whether a child or an adult has a path, they have palpable energy which others can feel. This energy comes from their confidence in themselves and their path that they are on and in the results that they will achieve by living their life along that path. This is very important to understand because each of us has this ability to foster faith within ourselves and this is what will bring us happiness.
We all understood this as children when we came into this world; some of us have had the unfortunate experience of having difficult upbringings or even difficult lives, but none of us are destined to suffer interminably from this. We can all work on our faith and gain the energy of confidence. Hopefully, when each of us adopts a Santa Letter, or does something else for someone during either this holiday season or during any other part of the year, we feel the energy and gain the confidence that we can in fact make a difference in both our lives and in someone else’s.
Tomorrow, let’s examine another component of Santa Power (there are four more components in addition to faith). Until then, I am wishing you a lovely productive day and a restful evening culminating in sugarplums dancing in your dreams…