As per our family’s tradition, the Christmas tree’s started going up the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, I used the plural because we put up as many as seven (eight if you count the one I decorate in my office at work) tree’s. Of course there’s one main tree in the living room, but various sized specialty tree’s are also spread throughout the house as well. There’s the cute and cuddly teddy bear tree in the sunroom, the eclectic world travel tree in my wife’s office, the reverential LSU tree in the playroom, and other creative interpretations scattered here and there.
I think I mentioned we get into Christmas around here.
Early this morning as I was making my zombie march from the bed to the coffee pot, I paused and admired our twelve-foot centerpiece tree. Even in the semi-dark, unlit, it was a vision that filled my heart with pride & joy. Truly an impressive sight. But in the back of my mind I heard it calling to me (it was 6:30 in the AM after all), begging me to let it become what it was created to be. So before I went any further, I was compelled to flip the switch and send currents of electricity through the miles of intertwined wire and awaken the hundreds of slumbering crystals. The tree came to life with an explosion of twinkling lights and reflective shimmering, lifting the corners of my mouth along with my spirits.
After the coffee was brewed and the morning paper retrieved, I settled down at my desk to check emails and catch up with goings-on in cyber-land. After a few minutes, I had to glance back over my shoulder to take in the awesomeness of our tree one more time, and when I turned back I happened to focus on my printed manuscript pages laying on the corner of my desk. My affinity for analogies led me right where I needed to go.
For the past month I’ve been dragging my feet as far as my book is concerned, trying to muster the energy for some final revisions before pushing forward into the querying process. As I stared at it there collecting dust, I realized that my manuscript was not unlike an unlit Christmas tree. Impressive in its own right, but begging me to flip that switch and send it out to realize its true potential, what it was created for. An ornament here, some tinsel there, and it would be ready to dazzle. And like a Christmas tree, no two were alike…but all of us are drawn to certain types. Even Charlie Brown’s tree had its admirers.
What about your unlit Christmas tree, how close are you to flipping that switch?