As a Christian, this time of year has very special meaning. It is the celebration of the birth of our Savior. There has been much discussion about not mixing religion and politics with work and friends, but it is time for all of us to come to a place of “PEACE” with one another and Christmas can be the very moment we use to make it happen.
Over 2000 years ago a spiritual event captured the people of the time and has been a consistent remembrance through faith and belief that around the globe a universal time of Christmas is celebrated. In many different cultures and in many ways this event of the birth of a savior is woven into the culture. It may have lost some of its original beliefs but is one of the few global celebrations which crisscross the cultures of this planet.
The United States is more diverse than ever. We are fortunate to have such a wide cultural array of people, customs, foods, and languages. This picture of uniqueness and many differences bring great beauty to our world. It also brings challenges which if left unaddressed become the levers which pry us apart into small factions.
Over the recent years it seems as if we have lost the ability to dream. Our native American Indians believed in the power of dreams and visions. So much so that they crafted Dream Catchers not to catch the good dream but to capture the bad dreams from getting to the children of the tribe. Our culture and that of our Native American Indian friends give us the opportunity to not just think, but to dream big!
One of the elements of our Promise Culture Model focuses on the aspects of relationships in and around your business. Once your organization has a well-defined Purpose, Core Values, Vision and Passion guiding the promises you make out into the business world you must look at all the various relationships that touch upon the success of your organization.
On this day in US history – a date which will live in infamy, the cultures of many nations were impacted. The US was attacked directly at our naval and air force bases in Hawaii. As a result of this aggression, the US was engaged into World War II. This war changed nations and caused great disrespect for Germans, Japanese and other cultures. May we learn from history and not be so foolish to repeat it.
The word “Prudence” is not a word we hear used much anymore. Most people have never heard the word let alone understand its meaning. If we explore the essential meaning of prudence it refers to the careful good judgement which helps someone avoid risk or danger. It is also defined as the ability to govern and discipline oneself by use of reason. The other day I heard an additional reference…
It has become a meme in our current culture to punctuate a performance or more sadly the delivery of an insult by actually or figuratively dropping a mic. This act of visual exclamation although having its place for positive reasons to build consensus of success or results has become diluted by its use in punctuating evil spirited attacks. The rise and fall of cultures are attached to the behaviors of its people. When behaviors drift from good to evil and then are celebrated for the achievement of the evil we should take notice as our culture is at risk or devolving.
Each year we pause the current hustle and bustle to consciously give thanks for all we have in our life. Our relationships, our families, our colleagues, our clients, customers, prospects, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and even for those we have not yet met. We also give thanks for our shelter, our food and all the various elements which surround us daily.
As we in the United States sit down to a meal on Thanksgiving, may we all take a moment of silence to be genuinely thankful for all the blessings we have now, have had in the past and will have in the future. The very foundation of this day of giving thanks rose out of the need for a culture to acknowledge those relationships which gave sustenance to survival in a new land.