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Holidays. Hurt. Hope

Holidays.  Hurt.  Hope

The holidays are here!

During this highly anticipated time of the year, there is a buzz of excitement and energy in the air. When you consider the holidays of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Year’s, mixed in with the holiday party circuit, there are plenty of options to choose from.

And the celebrations, from a business to personal level, are many. A successful quarter or year, landing the new contract or client, to just enjoying time with family, friends, and loved ones, or adding a loved one through a wedding ceremony, engagement, or a new addition to the family, there are plenty of reasons to note why this is such a great time of year.

However, there is another underlying theme which has a not as clear outlook.

The holidays sometimes accentuate what isn’t going well. From a business standpoint, if your business is seasonal and it is not your season, that can create tension ranging from your income, to whether or not you are able to retain or release people from their positions. On the personal level, matters dealing with finance to relationships dissolving and other factors can be a stressful situation for just about anyone, and this isn’t even touching on the fact that some may simply be alone due to finances or other reasons.

While some are “falling in”, others may be “falling out”.

It can be tough, but there is hope. Truly, there is.

On the business end, this can be a time of evaluation and taking note of what is working, what isn’t working, what adjustments need to be made, and other measures to simply regroup and reboot. This can help breathe new life and a new outlook on the work you are doing and hopefully bring some positive results. On the personal end, there are some possibilities for something positive to happen. It can range from making that overdue phone-call just to clear the air to simply get back on track or on a better ground. On the other end of the spectrum, it can be researching and finding out what resources are out there to address other personal issues or concerns.

And even if you cannot travel or aren’t able to be where you’d like to be, there are numerous volunteer opportunities. This can involve feeding the homeless, spending time with the sick and shut in, or something where you are able to take your mind off your business and other worries and simply get some perspective, and appreciate better the things you do have going well for you.

Again, these are some things to think about as we enter to the end of 2016, and yes, this is a DISCLAIMER as these are some thoughts and suggestions, let alone things to consider doing during this time. For those who are traveling, we wish you safe travels and positive times with your families, friends, and loved ones. For those who are not traveling, we hope you are able to find something constructive and of a positive meaning in order for you to still enjoy this time of year.

For those of you who are going through some things, be it tension between you and the ones you love, or just in general, do not lose hope. Do what you can to find the balance of reaching out and leaving alone to manage your emotions as best as possible. But most importantly, identify how you feel and communicate as best as possible to others. At least it gives them a point of reference and from there, the new journey begins.

Have a good holiday week.

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