Few of us are part of a traditional family that has had no divorce, second spouses, or step children. There is also the challenges for those families dealing with a significant illness, a son or daughter far away at war, or the loss of a child or family member. Finding the “holiday joy” in those situations is never easy.
This year, through my work with those facing life-ending conditions - I’ve come to more deeply realize that life is about the little things: the day-to-day compassion, supporting someone through an illness, extending ourselves to beyond the ordinary. This year has brought so many stories to our company - cards and letters from patients and families - simply expressing gratitude that we cared. A husband losing his wife to cancer; a senior trying to make sense of stacks of medical bills; a young man’s struggle with addiction - the one thing they all have in common is the need for connection and someone to care. To “humanize” them in a medical system that often sees them as a medical record number or a “patient.”
There are so many people looking for real connection. They want someone who takes the time to see them as a person - to help them through a difficult journey. Be that someone for a friend or neighbor. Find a way to let past differences go with family and build a connection. Tell stories, share, be present. We have this season and these holidays and this moment to be present with those we treasure; to make memories and create traditions and appreciate the beauty of life.
The warmth of compassion from another human is indeed the very best medicine.
Michael is an executive coach, entrepreneur, investor, and strategist with 30 years of experience leading investor-backed, high-growth organizations.
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