For us, Christmas is an opportunity to take a breather. We have had a fantastic year with major events delivered successfully and as ever, we have continued to learn and develop our skills. But more than being a break, this festive season is an opportunity to reflect, recover and refresh.
So let’s just stop. For a bit. Let go of the ‘must do’. Walk away from the emails and social media. We know that they will be there when we come back into play in a week or so.
Now is the time to revel in being with people we love, in taking time to relax, in the comfort of it all; to remember those who are going without this year, those who are on their own, those who are far away; to enjoy space and time to be creative, space to just be.
This space is a vital part of being able to do what we do. To connect with whatever fuels us individually is part of recovering the ability to be the best that we can be. For me, this year is about it being the first Christmas that my son really understands and gets. He is so excited and his joy is infectious. I am seeing the world in a whole new way. He understands the reason and meaning behind Christmas more deeply than we do as adults. He knows the Nativity, not because we have drilled it into him but because he gets it. He doesn’t care if it’s perfect or not; he just wants to be with us. His joy is what is refuelling me this Christmas.
And once refuelled, we are ready to constructively reflect, learn and refresh to go into what promises to be another great year. This is not about just thinking over what has happened but is also about identifying what we have individually and collectively learned over the last 12 months and sharing that across the team.
So, we’ll be raising a glass or two to celebrate all that has been achieved this year and we’re taking some time off so we are back firing on all cylinders for January, ready to take on 2015 and all of the opportunities it may hold. Cheers!
Claire Eason Bassett, Managing Director, Mackerel Sky