It’s finally here, the four-day weekend we call Christmas vacation. This is the time of year when I can turn the laptop monitor off and not concern myself with emails, last minute contracts, and those month-end, quarter-end, year-end dramas… Right, sure Brad, keep telling yourself that when you sit down on Christmas day to check your email before the 26th rolls around.
To some, the Christmas season can be a time, not only of hectic holiday activities, but of hectic work activities too. In the world I play in, the Microsoft world, it is a time when everyone (Microsoft reps that is) is looking to close those last minute deals so they can make their number and get that nice bonus. Being on the process, customer-side of things, it makes for some interesting times trying to keep the customer happy, and the Microsoft teams happy too. Whether it’s the Microsoft world, or the retail world, this is a busy time for most people’s work life.
Earlier today while walking into Sam’s to get my $1.50 hotdog lunch, I was dreaming to myself about what it would be like to have two weeks of uninterrupted time, completely separate from work, without a hint of concern for anything while I was gone. Ah, that trip to the Caribbean beach, or the scenic mountains, seemed so appealing at that moment. Then, I woke up and realized I needed to be back at my desk in 30 minutes so I could be there in case that big order I was expecting came in… oh well.
To say we’re tied to our work in this country is an understatement. Not even Christmas can keep us from taking a peak at our email on the cell phone. Whether it’s fear, co-dependence, or just being a workaholic, so many of us are so tied to it, that it steals the joy of the occasion and keeps us from completely resting when we do have a vacation.
Once again, I will be working over the last week of the year. I accept it as part of what I do, but will be making the effort to focus on spending more quality time with the family, even in the midst of the year-end stress.
If that’s you tonight too, let me encourage you to take some time, even if it's just a few minutes, to walk away from your desk. It may be to take a coffee break, a longer lunch, or just a walk around the block. Use that time to focus on the things that are most important in life: friends, family, and faith. If you do, I guarantee this hectic holiday work time will probably be a bit less stressful and you may even be more productive in the end.
I’ll leave you tonight with a recent fun commercial Google put together around the Christmas classic, 'Home Alone,' and what it would be like today. Maybe I need a Google assistant too... And, remember, no matter how hard the holidays may be for you, God loves you more than you could ever imagine and He is always with you…
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas my friends,
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