Holidays means so many things to so many people – glad times, sad times, old memories, special memories, but sadly, old tapes in our heads about who we are and how we show up. Want to enjoy the holidays more and show a new you? use something you’ve learned this year – a new way to listen, a skill or talent, a behavior or a new hobby. Find some way to practice and demonstrate it to others so they can see you in a new light. Hopefully they will be pleasantly surprised and welcome the new you. Which is what we all need, not to be pigeon-holed into how we were years ago but how we are today. Example, although a bit of a stretch: I’ve been active in Scouting most of my life. I’ve noticed a number of adults in Scouting out of work, some for a long time. In the past, I’ve done work in career development and job networking. So I’ve created a job networking event at our Scout District level (that’s where several communities’ units come together to discuss, learn and plan). In this way I’m using one of my skills, albeit not a new one, but in a different setting and in a way that I hope will help others. (A few months ago I played tuba at a Scouter’s memorial service, something else fellow Scouters had not seen me do.) So what can you bring to the table, the holiday table, and show up differently for others? Bring it forward, and make these holidays radiate for you!
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