We are asked this question throughout our lives; do you believe? This question is usually asked about things we cannot see or easily prove. Such as do you believe in God, Santa, flying reindeer, or maybe even global warming? However, the question I’m asking is about something you can see and prove exists. Do you believe in YOU? It seems like it would be easy to believe in something that is staring back at us in the mirror every day, but many of us have a hard time believing in ourselves. Maybe it’s because of past failures and mistakes. Maybe it’s because we don’t feel smart enough or talented enough. Maybe we don’t believe we have enough time or money. Maybe it’s because we feel sure that if we can’t even keep our house clean or make sure our kids have matching shoes on before they go to school how could we ever achieve our life goals! Whatever it is, nearly all of us struggle with doubt in ourselves and our ability to make all our dreams come true. I know I struggle with self-doubt and even unworthiness to achieve my goals. I’m sure I could fill this page with good arguments why too.
However even though I struggle at times I’ll let you in on a little secret; I do believe! I not only believe that we can reach our goals here at Candleberry Cottage, but even more crazy I believe that we can be a part of making the world a better place. How can I believe in such a grandiose dream? Well you see there is more to me than who is staring back at me in the mirror. There is something inside me that I can’t see and it is inside of you too. Working with Santa and his elves over the last year has shown me anew that inside each and every one of us there is a very special magic. This magic has the ability to help us overcome our past and our perceived limitation to achieve dreams much more wonderful than we even imagine! I have also learned two little, but important secrets about this magic. Number one is that the magic only works when doing for others comes first in our lives. Second, there is something we must do in order to activate this magic inside of us…BELIEVE!
Our goal here at the Elf Certified Workshop is to encourage our Elf Apprentices to use this magic inside of them to help spread the magic of Christmas, love and giving to our families, communities, and the world. We are truly convinced that if each of us would whole heartily believe in the magic that we all have inside, we could join together and make the world a better place. So the question still remains; Do You Believe?
Shawn, Head Elf
Candleberry Cottage's Elf Certified Workshop