Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. The Holiday Season has kicked into full speed ahead.
And even though some activities, promotions, festivals, boat parades, parties and celebrations have been cancelled, these 4 current events have remained. Although how the event takes place has dramatically changed.
Having been a retailer for so many years, I remember it well. I would cherish the parade on Thanksgiving Day and enjoy the quiet calm of the day before the hustle, bustle, crowds, promotions, early and late hours, finding stock still in the warehouse and not on the floor, scheduling staff at peak hours, making early morning calls to the stores with the Chairman challenging them on their hiring of Holiday help (or lack of), working 6 day weeks to visit the stores, be in the field as well as still fulfilling my corporate office responsibilities. I loved seeing the decorations in store and in the malls, checking out the latest items and product offerings, hearing the carolers, wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season. The list goes on and on.
Fast forward to todays landscape. Events are still happening, however they are modified, enhanced, tweeked, and adapted for the times. So much is on line. So much is done from the convenience and safety of our homes. Everything seems to be only a click away. Add in the virus and all the safety, social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing protocols in place, and store’s limiting their customer capacity, one’s face to face encounters have significantly been reduced or eliminated. All one needs is their computer or laptop and they are connected, informed, productive and entertained.
Zoom, streaming services and more have provided platforms to bring it all to us on our screens. In some cases, we feel like we are there even though it is a virtual experience. The colors are brighter, our views are not blocked by someone taller, we are cozy in our homes.
These events are perfect examples of how we as a society are adapting, innovating, creating new ways of doing business and living our lives. Safely. Healthy. And hopefully Joy filled. Are there challenges? Absolutely! Are there frustrations? Absolutely! Are you feeling depressed, angry, anxious or lethargic sometimes? Absolutely! Are you going to stop living or stop pursuing your dreams? Absolutely NOT!
For we all want to feel Happy. Be Happy. We want what is best for ourselves and for others. We want to be successful, accomplish our goals, achieve our desires and live a full and rewarding Life.
I invite you to imagine your new world. Think outside the box. In fact, throw out the box. Explore what can be. Decide what is important, what is worth saving, and what needs to be recreated. Think it. Visualize it. Create it.
You have the power, control and insight to make it happen. Go for it. Be flexible, be adaptable, be open to the endless possibilities. And remember to always be grateful and thankful, appreciating all that is.
With Light and Love and Changing ways,