the un-thief: a Christmas story

After being robbed himself, the thief finally saw how he’d caused so many people so much pain…

Thus, from that moment forward, he decided to be the un-thief.

As the un-thief, he returned to all those houses he’d burglarized.  Entering at night, quiet as a cat, he gave back that which he had stolen—or an item of equal value.

Altruistic, yet at the same time, a bit devious.  He still desired that thrill, the thrill of secrecy and danger.  But henceforth, he would use this desire in the service of good.  He would be a giver not a taker.

That man—the un-thief—is the one we now know as Santa Claus.  Yes, St. Nick wasn’t always such a saint.

So why was first part of his story lost?

Perhaps in our immaturity, we rejected the idea that someone so pure of heart could also have a dark side.  We didn’t want to look behind that twinkle in his eye.

In any case, I hope the full story can now become part of our Christmas.  By making this character whole again, don’t we come that much closer to making ourselves whole again?

At the very least, the full story shows how we can flip a negative behavior to its positive side…

…without losing the excitement of life.

© 2017, Michael R. Patton
dream steps blog


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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