January is noted for being the month that most people make New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to quit smoking, I’m going to take more time for myself and the possibilities are endless. I remember one year Brian and I did a New Year’s Day hike. Once we got to our destination we wrote with a felt marker on a rock one thing we wanted to get rid of from the previous year and threw that away and the on another rock wrote one thing we wanted to accomplish in the year. I think the only positive was we got great exercise and lots of fresh air as I’m sure by the time we made it back to the car we wouldn’t have been able to tell you what we wrote!
Now goals are different as I have shared with you before. Goals have to write down with specifics, what am I going to do, when do I want it done by how will I know I’ve succeeded. I’m a goal writer. One of my goals for this year while in Palm Springs is to bike 1000 miles by the time we come back to Canada. I’m biking 3 times a week to accomplish this and know each bike ride has to be a minimum of 12 miles. A business plan or budgets is really very similar just slightly different procedures. I think we all need to have a direction of what we want to do and how. At home, I’m sure most operate with a household budget same thing. We all do something similar. The main goal is to accomplish what we want.
My Christmas message to you this year was to observe children and learn from them. I’m sure if you asked a child if they wrote goals they would look at you as if you were crazy. Most children let life happen. Sure they have to work at school in order to pass. They probably have jobs to do at home but you don’t see them stressing about things usually. They realize that things will get done (maybe it’s with a parent reminding) but they do accomplish the task. Often times they are distracted by some magnificent discovery, a lost book is found the rain created wonderful crystals on the leaves, things we don’t see. I believe as adults we put to much pressure on ourselves expecting perfection but in reality, there will always be so many definitions of perfection. Trust me, my definition of perfection when it comes to vacuuming the floors is very different from Brian’s. Does it mean he doesn’t have to vacuum? Not a chance! It means my definition of perfection is not the same as his and we have learned to accept each other. In reality, does it really matter?
On a scale of 1 to 10 and 10 is death where are some of these stresses we put on ourselves. If we are honest I would bet that over 90% of the time it would be below 5 on the scale. Yet we tend to get ourselves totally bent out of shape. This is were I believe children automatically let things go and take what happens. At the end of the day, a child wants their life to be one of harmony. Isn’t that what we all want?
Realizing that we all have differences yet we are all very similar. The differences are only our perception which doesn’t make it a reality. Maybe all our goals for 2020 should be creating an environment where it is about harmony, not differences. This might be something that at your department meetings you spend some time discussing how to create harmony in your department as well as the hotel. Remember the ripple effect. Soon harmony will move outward and who knows maybe we can change some of the negativity that seems to be present in our world. What a magnificent year this will be if that happens!
Happy 2020! Sending hugs.
Betty Anne Latrace-Henderson
President, Airline Hotels