There is always a moment around Thanksgiving -- that time when the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sets in -- when we begin to dread the responsibilities and chaos of the holidays. To counter that feeling, I have reframed my thinking, shifting focus from presents to presence, to reclaim the spirit and peace of the season. That has made all the difference.
We teach this shift to the professionals in our leadership class. The December sessions focus on connecting with the humanity of others -- others whose wants and needs may differ from your own. We work on the gifts of presence: listening, storytelling, and paying it forward.