I’m thinking of taking a holiday this Christmas – a real one. A leave my laptop at home kind of holiday.
I’ve run my own business for 14 years now and the longest I’ve been away from a computer is 24 hours. That was last month when my baby had to go to the Apple geniuses for a tune up. I knew I had a serious problem when I told the tech that I’d rather leave my 15-year-old for a night or two.
So with that confession on the table – and staring at plane wheels up in less than 48 hours – I find myself wondering if I can leave my work behind. And if I can’t completely, can I work to rule? I hope so. And here’s why.
This past Monday morning was harder than usual. A treasured family friend passed away and the funeral was set for 10:30 am. Armed with a stiff black coffee and my little brother’s shoulder to lean on, we made our way to the funeral home for the service. A service where I would watch my four childhood friends pay tribute to their mom with grace, with humour, with truth and with love.
They told stories about birthday parties and brawls, Stampede parades and Christmas sweet potatoes – all of the little things that make our lives real and true.
And through the stories, the memory of their wonderful Mom – her big broad smiles, her warm comfy hugs and her contagious laughter – was brought to life. Through my laughter and my tears, I caught the words and phrases ‘always there for us’, ‘every occasion special’, ‘my biggest fan’, ‘wonderful listener’ … and she was all that. Fay was special.
So this Christmas, as we travel to be with family and friends, and enjoy some experiences of a lifetime, I pledge to be like Fay. To be present. To be a good listener. To be there for my people. To make it special.
And that means, laptop or not, my work will wait on my family for a change because I’ll be making memories of Christmas lights, magical storefronts, and maybe even sweet potatoes.
Here’s hoping you’ll be doing the same.
Merry Christmas everyone. I’m looking forward to hearing your stories in 2017.
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