Merry Christmas… or Happy Holidays?

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Roy L. Smith 1887–1963 Last week, one of my neighbors put up a yard sign saying “Christmas is all about JESUS.” I couldn’t help but think that their message presented a very narrow interpretation of the Christmas season, and one that somewhat misses the point. I agree that Christmas shouldn’t be a consumer-driven, consumption-focused holiday. But if we go too far in the other direction — defining the holiday with a Christian perspective that excludes other beliefs — then we’re still forgetting the spirit of the season. Jesus …
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Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 A while back, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article states that health experts observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work. This unhappiness frequently ends up bleeding into the rest of their lives, affecting …
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When will you be happy?

Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it. Sophocles c. 495 -429 B.C. Over the years, I’ve been an adviser to a wide range of people from countries throughout the world. When I start working with someone, one of the first questions I ask is, “When will you be happy?” or “When will you consider yourself successful?” Here’s a sampling of the answers I’ve gotten: When I complete my MBA, PhD, or some other academic accomplishment; When I’m promoted to manager, director, CEO or some other position; When I get …
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