Once a year something magical happens. The world stops. Stores are closed, and when you go outside, you can hardly hear any traffic. I really look forward to this time of year every year.

The world is frantic. We are always in a hurry and there is always something to be done. Our lists are always long and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often forget what the holiday season is all about. Being in HR, I understand the importance of being respectful of everyone’s belief. You could be Christian, Jewish; Buddhist, Islamic, or you may have something else you believe in.

The holiday cards we send out have to be respectful of others. Saying “Merry Christmas” may not be the appropriate thing to say to certain individuals. Regardless of your belief, however, it seems that things always seem to slow down this time of year.

Family always seems to take priority and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude. After all, the New Year brings in hope for everyone.

Why are we here on Earth? What is our purpose? Kindness and respectfulness is key and it always seems to show during the month of December.

The other day I was watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas. It was made in 1965 and I have never seen anything quite like it, and honestly, don’t know if I will ever see anything quite like it again. When Linus explains the meaning of Christmas, it really puts things in perspective. It definitely wouldn’t fly in 2013, but I am so glad he said what he said. You can view it here . I admire Charles Shultz for saying what he believes, and consequentially what I believe.

Regardless of your belief, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and encourage everyone to think long and hard about what we here for and what is our purpose.

It is a time to pause. Put down your cell phone, turn off your computer and spend time with the ones you love the most. Our time here is limited and once we leave this world, our material possessions are gone. Make some memories and embrace life.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah (or what ever your belief) and I hope you have an incredible New Year.

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