Meet Twirly Masters. He is Thad Raker’s eccentric new client in The Legally Binding Christmas: A Courtroom Adventure.
In Chapter 2, Raker reveals to Twirly Masters that he no longer is a True Believer. Life has been hard for him. His wife died one year after he was married and three years later, he lost a case because he put his faith in the magic of Christmas. As a result, he has lost his capacity to believe and he’s sad. The light of his life is his 11-year-old daughter, but she is growing up too fast and he is finding it a challenge to raise her without her mother. He can’t afford the risk of believing, again. It could be too painful.
In their first meeting, Twirly offers Raker some unsolicited advice.
“Thad, may I offer you some advice? There are two kinds of people, those who believe and those who don’t. Some say there is no difference between the lives of believers and nonbelievers, but I have seen the difference with my own eyes, felt it in my heart. Yes, I have. Yes, indeed. Times are not always easy. Tough things happen to good people. Life can hit you hard. You can suffer for reasons that are
unexplainable. And there are things you can’t control. But I can tell you something that’s absolutely, positively wonderful and true. You and only you control your beliefs, and no one can rob you of them. Belief is free. Yes, it is. And maybe, just maybe, if you believe hard enough, you will have a return on investment that cannot be measured or predicted.”
It’s true. Belief is free, whether you believe in yourself, your family, your work, your country, your God, or any number of other things worth believing in.
Twirly Masters is the eternal optimist. He doesn’t let the weight of the world steal his beliefs. As he says, “you and only you can control your beliefs, and no one can rob you of them.”
I think I knew this was true, but it was nice to have one of my characters remind me.