As we head into the final hours before Christmas, here’s where I’m at:
The cookies are baked, the presents mostly wrapped, and I’m off to Wegman’s to stock up.
But I can’t stop thinking about family and friends I’ve lost – the ones who won’t be there to open gifts, share a laugh or send a Christmas card to. I think about the legacy they left. I think about what the world will be like without the ones I love now.
- Be present while opening presents!
- Savor the family, food and fun (ok, not always fun, but together-time).
- Reach out and say hello, cheers or some other message you need them to hear!
- Sing, dance or play an instrument! Lose yourself in the moment!
This is a busy time of year for many. It is also a time of year when many suffer the blues. But before you know it, it will all be over and we’ll be celebrating the new year. Crazy how fast time zips by.
I also worry about what the future holds. I get nervous about our political system, fracking, violence in schools, and the hurting middle-class. And yet I know, worrying isn’t the answer. The solution isn’t easy, but I want to help make a difference in the world. I don’t want my life to fly by without leaving a mark. I may not be able to save the world, but I can do my part. I have to. And this is what I hope you’ll think about too.
Can you make a difference?
Start small and local if you doubt it.
- Join a club, group or committee.
- Help a neighbor.
- Assist a stranger.
- Say hello.
Any of these can get the wheel in motion.
As for the bigger worries and challenges we face as a nation and as a world – that will come in time. Small steps.
Before signing off for a few days, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Be on the look out for the last post of the year! I’ve asked many of my colleagues, great thinkers on careers and job search, what they think the hot trends are for 2015. Stay tuned!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.