You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenstock

“You’re not going to watch that again are you?” my Dad yells from the kitchen. “How many times have you seen that thing?”  as he continues to rummage through the refrigerator looking for left over Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s a few days after Thanksgiving 1970 something and the Christmas holiday is in full gear already.

I have always been a fan of the Christmas special.  Charlie Brown, The King Family Christmas, The Carpenter’s Christmas, Perry Como’s Christmas Show.  You name it and I would be glued in front of the TV.

Today it is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”  I’m talking about the original cartoon narrated by Boris Karloff and directed by Chuck Jones.  The same Chuck Jones that did the Bugs Bunny cartoons all of my generation watched every Saturday morning.  If you are wondering Thurl Ravenscroft is the fellow that sang the song and is also known as the voice of Tony the Tiger.   This is an all-star lineup if there ever was one.  No wonder it has lasted over the years.

My favorite part of the story happens when the sled full of toys is about to go over the side of the mountain.  The animators put an xray over the Grinch’s chest and show how “in Whoville they say the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”

Have you ever been to a business and can tell their heart just isn’t in it?  It’s like the business is falling apart from the inside.  They know they provide an inferior product or service and seem to flinch when you walk through the door.  Like they know you are going to be disappointed and are waiting for the complaints to start coming at them.

I went through this in my running career.  My heart wasn’t in it.  I was not eating properly, not getting enough sleep, not training through the week.  I would show up on Saturday for the long run and end up bailing out less than a mile into the route.  My heart did not embrace the “spirit of the run”.

I believe this lack of heart led to my injury as well.  I also believe over the past several weeks and months that my heart has grown three sizes as I look forward to the upcoming running season.  I’ll keep you posted.

Is there something invisible to outside world that you are waiting to show to those you care about?

You can learn a lot from the most unexpected places.

Live, Love, Matter

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