I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and a very uncertain political landscape it may appear to be a bleak holiday season. In a recent seminar, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.” Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life. Last week I shared about a guy that got an unexpected FedEx package with his “exit papers.” Whoa! – great sounding terms for unwelcome change.
This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year. In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote this in the original edition of “Think and Grow Rich:” “The 1929 ‘depression’ was a blessing in disguise. It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives every one a new opportunity.”
Now I doubt that people going through the depression saw it a blessing. But it did give rise to thousands of new ventures and fresh vocational direction for many people.
This is a great week to give thanks for things, people, and events in your life. Recognize the wealth you have in relationships, health, beautiful surroundings, and spiritual hope. And no matter what is happening in your job right now – approach the New Year as a new beginning. Maybe now is your time to simply give thanks for a new opportunity.