For most of us, the month of December is unparalleled with the frenzy of demands and anticipation of spending time with loved ones. The feeling of “coming up short” frequently
creeps into our lives. The pressure of time, money, and impossible expectations of family,
friends, and co‐workers can create an atmosphere of panic in our lives that can wreak havoc.
The “fairy tale” dream as portrayed in the media bombards all of us. Yet, if we open our eyes in today’s workplace and family environment, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the woman is often the engineer and workhorse of bringing the “fairy tale dream” to reality. As we go about our day‐to‐day activities, it would do everyone well to be aware of this phenomenon and its impact on the family and workplace. If we think of the holidays as a beautiful tapestry, it’s important to realize that we are all responsible for weaving various strands into the fabric of our workplace and our home. This fabric can be woven into a beautiful tapestry or become a piece of torn burlap.
This 2-hour family workshop will reveal five powerful words that are guaranteed to create a beautiful tapestry. Once each individual fully understands each word’s meaning and commits to weaving it into his or her work and family life, you’ll find an amazing transformation of the holiday season into one that is stress-free, loving and beautiful.
Understanding - we all get caught in expectations of each other and ourselves that may be unrealistic or overbearing. Recognizing this BEFORE we release our crushing disappointment in unmet expectations can be a lifesaver.
Appreciation – Acknowledging people in our lives and their value to us goes much further than a laundry list of their shortcomings.
Acceptance – the et gift we can give a co-worker or family member is acceptance with no performance strings attached.
Flexibility – What sweet aroma someone brings to a group when the plan ails and they demonstrate flexibility rather than rigidity. Cooperation, not hostility.
Forgiveness – Rest assured that you will disappoint someone or someone will disappoint you this season. A spirit of forgiveness takes away the sting of disappointment. Everyone will have the opportunity to weave this fiber into the fabric of their month.
You can’t buy these strands at the store or order them on the internet. But, I guarantee if you weave them generously into the dynamics of your relationships, your holiday tapestry will be greatly enriched.
Dr. Jim Schroeder is the Founder of Leadership by Design. He has been writing about leadership and organizational growth for over 30 years.
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