I was sure it was the perfect Christmas present. In the morning our young eight-year old would come bursting into the front room. There he would spy the set up in a chair next to the brightly decorated tree. He would see the homemade mannequin dressed in a new Cub Scout uniform. The cap with the Scout insignia sat prominently on a styrofoam head. A long-sleeve blue shirt filled with packing paper was situated with arms crossed, accented by a bright yellow neckerchief neatly rolled up and fastened with a bronze-colored slide. The blue pants were likewise stuffed with paper, positioned in a sitting mode, legs just over the edge of the chair, accessorized by a genuine Cub Scout belt. He would be overcome with joy; after all, he had been hinting about this present for weeks. Yes, it was the perfect Christmas gift.
But true to unpredictable twists in the universe, it was not the beautiful uniform that commanded his joyful attention. It was the small pocket knife--a real Cub Scout knife--that, as an afterthought, Santa had placed in his stocking.
"This is the geatest gift ever!" he said of the knife.
"But what about the uniform? We thought you wanted a real Cub Scout uniform."
"Well," he said, struggling to be tactful, "it's my second greatest gift."
If your greatest gift is life itself, what is your second greatest gift? It is certainly your power to choose. Victor or victim? You choose. Act or be acted upon? You decide. Happy or miserable. It is up to you.
Consider this statement by Stephen R. Covey: "If you were to ask what one ideal was most practical, most relevant, most timely, regardless of circumstances, I would answer... without reservation, and with the deepest conviction of my heart and soul, that we are free to choose. Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift."
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