As we approach the end of another year I have been sad to see people thinking 2016 was just such a horrible year. I am in no way suggesting that there weren’t bad things that happened. We have had more exceptional people pass away this year, but we do every year. Wars are fought, animals go extinct, global warming continues, and I won’t even touch politics. There is always going to be something. So, I decided to refocus and make a list of good things. What I found was that almost all the good was on a personal level.
- The birth of my grandson
- Hubby’s father getting healthy again
- Being able to travel and spend time with the important people in my life
Then I saw a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK97VG-m3W0 Simon Sinek on Millennials (a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000). He is right on point on so many levels. I have mentioned our “Village” in the past. We basically have adopted the friends of our children and they become one of our ‘kids’. They are mostly adults now, and millennials. Most of them are struggling with one or more of the things Simon talks about. To this day they will still stop by or reach out, just to talk. Just yesterday one of the kids came to me with questions about how to have a good marriage. When do you know he is the right guy? How long should you wait to get married? How do you have a good marriage? I sat down and shared with her, we talked. The biggest thing to me was that she put down her cellphone, just as Simon brought up. Having a conversation without any outside distractions.
Simon talked about people going into a meeting where everyone is on their phones. That took me back to a meeting I was in not long ago. I was so impressed with this young man sitting next to me. By young I mean about 30, a businessman, in a suit and tie, successful. The biggest reason I was impressed? As we waited for people to arrive he opened a conversation, asked me questions, and listened totally to what I was saying. No cellphone to be seen. Wow, that really made me think.
My goal for 2017 – more conversations, preferably over a good cup of tea 🙂