Today will be a day that we share with our families. In many ways, it will be a joy, but in the back of our minds may lurk that next project, bill, or other business venture. Some believe is that “Grind” or “Hustle” is more important than human connection. But that next project or bill or business venture will never satisfy the need to connect. We respect is a time and a place for the ‘hustle and grind attitude,’ but during this holiday season make a conscious effort to step away from it. Slow down and connect with family and friends so that your business benefits from your personal peace and joy.
Some of the team members at SKY were asked about their thoughts on the topic. Here’s what they shared about “disconnecting to connect” during the holidays.
Rob Reiher, Futurewise
“Today we live in the culture of noise. Not the kind of noise we commonly think of, like blaring music and honking horns, but a different kind of noise. It’s a subtle and far more insidious type of noise. It’s an incessant stream of dis-powering information, that infects our time and strips us of our precious identity, while we remain “asleep” on our cozy cushions of oblivion. Everything is different now, and though we still have the ability to choose more awareness for ourselves, most of our culture will choose to languish in this Culture of Noise, unwilling to take the time or do the necessary work, to elevate their personal well being and the well being of their families and the culture. Dis-powering information is “slippery”. It can “feel” good. It can capture and direct our attention in ways that we are not aware of. It can steal time away from the most important things in life – our relationships and the bonds of reciprocal unity.
On this Thanksgiving, pause and take five minutes to appreciate the deeper and profound importance of your personal connections in the world. Pause to move above the noise, and to touch your expanding and life giving well of gratitude.” – RR
Jose Tamayo, Sr. Developer
“We are social creatures and it is in our nature to connect or bond with other human beings. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves too consumed with work that we forget to connect with friends or family.
Connecting with others makes us feel part of something greater. It reminds us that we are not alone in our daily struggles. It gives us a sense of belonging and security. It is good to know we can count on others to help us get through the day.
When we take time to connect with friends or loved ones, we let them know how important they are to us. It also helps to strengthen our emotional bond to them as well as our professional relationships. When we realize that we need help, it is those people who we have connected with most that will be happy to help out. Similarly, we will be happy to help them out when we feel connected.
Make an effort every day to connect with someone for a few minutes. Most importantly don’t forget to connect with yourself. We, too, need time for ourselves to reflect and to re-energize. After all, we do have that project waiting for us back at our desks.” – JT
Jen Rhee, Producer
“It’s human nature is to connect with others. Just as a want can become a need, the reverse is just as important. As babies, human touch is essential to their feeling of connection. In the hospital, the newborn station after delivery is crucial. Nurses must hold and cradle the baby to deliver a sense of security and comfort. Just as the swaddling technique of wrapping a baby in a blanket, it creates a protected and safe environment for the baby. Ultimately, this translates to all humans as we grow into adulthood. The adult caregiving industry is also just as important and in demand as it is to care or babysit for a child. Elder adults who may have lost a spouse or perhaps have ailing health, need to connect and feel loved including having a sense of purpose. Statistics show that many elders who don’t have connection in their lives after situations like this or in some relatable nature, unfortunately tend to lose their passion and lust for life.
As adults, our daily responsibilities of family, work, sustaining the home, health, financial status, etc., can cause feelings of anxiety and the need to meet high expectations. Sometimes these affairs can cloud our true focus. It can distract us from connecting with those we love. Perhaps work stress has caused you to ignore or put off family events. Maybe you got into an argument with your partner and have initial feelings of anger or sadness, and you ignore them or disconnect mentally from any attempt to reconcile. Regardless of what situations get thrown our way, to lose connection can cause a domino effect that affects other aspects of your life goals. Losing connection is also damaging in business, partnerships, etc. Once you fail to maintain the connections to your network, it makes it that much harder to rekindle the spark you need to get the fire going. The want then becomes a desperate need. But if we were to truly understand the reverse – if we took the time to nurture and place value on connection – meeting our needs could ultimately become easier.
Take the time to connect everyday. Whether that’s with others or even just for your own self to “disconnect” with stresses in life and to “reconnect” with your goals, your spirit, your mind. Sometimes even 10 short minutes a day can help you connect with the relief you need to reset and start fresh. Remember, your consequences are a direct reflection of your actions. So the more connected you feel as a person, it will reflect in everything you do, including how people remember that feeling of connection you gave them.” – JR
Happy Holidays from the SKY team!