Christmas is a natural time of year to Zoom-Out. To step back and take a broader perspective on your life and the people in it. This is precisely what happened to Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol – he essentially undergoes a series of Zoom-Outs facilitated by three ghosts.

This workshop has 4 parts (‘Staves’) comprised of a short video (~3 mins) and an accompanying exercise (~10 mins). You can choose to do one part per day or do all four together (< 1 hour).

Stave 5 concludes the story with a final point of reflection.

Please share with family and friends. In fact, you can do these exercises with other people if you have a shared history, shared social circle and shared future.

Stave 1: The Spirit of Zoom-Out

At times we can become Zoomed-In on something unhelpful. That is, we can hold a narrow view about something, someone or ourselves in a way that is detrimental to ourselves and those around us. In Ebenezer Scrooge’s case, he had become Zoomed-In on money at the expense of many other aspects of his life.

EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more to think about times you have been Zoomed-In on something unhelpful in a way that has held you back, closed doors or generally dented your happiness.

Stave 2: The Ghost of Christmas Past

Evolution has built into us a negativity bias which has maximised our chances of survival and passing on our genes but at the expense of our happiness and effectiveness in other aspects of our lives. As a result we tend to focus on and remember the failures and ‘negative’ events. This exercise aims to boost our self-esteem and sense of gratitude for our own achievements and the ‘positive’ events and people in our lives.

EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write down your highlights of the year on a timeline from last Christmas to this one. Simply draw the timeline on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.

Stave 3: The Ghost of Christmas Present

EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write down your social circles. Simply draw the circles and names on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.

Stave 4: The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

EXERCISE: After watching the video, take 10 mins or more, to write what you would like people to be saying about you next Christmas. Simply write this on a piece of paper or you can download and print this worksheet.

Stave 5: Christmas Morning – A New Dawn

Credits

Narration by Rob Aston

 Voices of the ghosts by Kev Tsai

Theme music by Rob Aston & Ilana Jacobs

Conceived and created by Rob Aston

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Thank you to all of the people that have co-facilitated, dressed up and
acted in the face-to-face workshop in previous years
and to all of the people that have taken part.