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Although It's Been Said
Many times; many ways. Lyrics from America's most famous secular Christmas song. I say secular because it's really not about anyone's religion. The song, written by Jewish jazz singer Mel Torme, is about finding comfort. It's Nat Cole's voice enveloping you like your favorite flannel bathrobe. It's all the Leave It To Beaver fantasies you've ever had about hearth and home and being loved and cared for, rolled into a single song.
That comfort is in especially short supply in the business world these days. Not that it was so much it more benevolent in the bygone era when Nat and Karen Carpenter originally crooned the song. But it was a lot slower around this time of year. There was no email or voice mail, so if your customers chose not to return the calls scribbled on pink "While You Were Out" sheets by their secretaries, you just didn't get to communicate with them until January. Substance abuse had not been identified as a major problem and clients were still allowed to accept gifts. At the very least — there was a lot more partying going on.
These days, with our Indy 500 approach to work, comfort becomes even more elusive during the holiday season. People just don't have time to slow down. In my travels these past months I have discovered a curious thing: though many people are still struggling, quite a few have actually had great years according to the numbers. Yet even the prosperous among us aren't reporting great feelings of joy and accomplishment. Most of us are just plain tired.
As we fatigue, we lose our spirit and energy and, even if we're making money, getting anything close to a warm, fuzzy feeling from our accomplishments and our colleagues seems like something beyond even the holidays' reach.
So how, then, does one find comfort in today's workplace? Ironically, the best way is to have it come back to you as a result of what you put out in the universe. In our private lives, we frequently forget ourselves as we minister to the needs of others: our children, aging parents, friends in need. Only later and quite unexpectedly, do we often experience feelings of comfort and joy washing over us.
There is no reason we can't approach work in this manner, as well.
Here are some things to keep in mind this holiday season as you seek to soothe yourself at work:
So, although it's been said many times, many ways, I prefer to approach work this season with the wisdom of two young disciples of the Mahirishi Mahesh Yogi, John Lennon and Paul McCartney:
is equal to the love you make."
Save me a glass of low-cholesterol eggnog!