Are You Making Time For What You Love? Check Out This 2-Minute Video To Find Out.

by Alan Collins

2020 has been an unforgettable year.

During these long months of pandemic-induced, stay-home time, I find my thoughts floating to memories of things I love and I’ve missed this year.

Face to face meetings with clients in the same office, sharing the same space and breathing the same air.

Crowded HR conferences, seminars and workshops where every single seat is taken.

Shaking hands with new people and passionately hugging and embracing old friends.

Airline travel to new locations to eagerly visit places I’ve never been.

Simple, everyday lunches, dinners and coffees with former colleagues, bosses and friends.

These are things I’ve taken for granted, perhaps like you.

But that’s not all.

There are times when sitting alone in my home office, my mind wanders to the fond memories of my past.   

My childhood family, fantasies, buddies, bullies and the neighborhoods I grew up in.

School teachers, classes and college dating experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The thrill of those early days of my first HR jobs, where I was learning so fast it felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant.

The unbelievable organizations, assignments and experiences I’ve been blessed to have had.

Before long, however, my day dreaming stops and realize I’ve just fallen into the fog of nostalgia and I get on with my life.

That is, until something else comes along to remind me, yet again, of all the things I’ve missed during this pandemic.

During one of these periods, I was mindlessly surfing online and that’s when I came across this incredible 2-minute video called “Lily and the Snowman.”

It stopped me dead in my tracks!

Check it out below and pay attention to its message.

Turn up the volume.

It’s well worth it.

Did you get the video’s message?

One message is clear. Live long enough and you’re bound to look back on the landscape of your life and mourn things long gone.

However, there’s something else deeper.

Lily, the little girl and her magical snowman reminds us all to not get so absorbed in your thoughts or your HR job, that you forget to…

Make time for the people and
the things you love.

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As a child, Lily discovers her snowman can perform magical shadow puppet shows. Their relationship grows over the years until Lily’s busy life pulls them apart. And she hopes it isn’t too late to rediscover it, make time for it and share it with someone she loves.

My question to you:  Are YOU making time for what you love?

Or are you letting it fade away or sit forgotten like Lily’s snowman.

It’s not difficult to do.

As HR pros, we lead overwhelmingly hectic, busy lives.

We deal with challenging clients.

We focus every day on adding value to our organizations.

We’re buried in tons of other people-related issues, challenges and commitments.

And, because of this, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not setting aside time for the people and the things in the past that we loved.

If this resonates, I’d suggest that there are some simple, but important action steps for us to take — especially during this holiday season.

Now is the perfect time to:

…Take the time to tell your loved ones especially those that have been with us all of our lives:  “I’m sorry” “I love you,” or “Thank you.”

…Take time to call up our past friends, colleagues and mentors to say:  “Thank you for being there for me,” or “I appreciate how you’ve helped me in my HR career” or “I really cherish our relationship.”

…Take time to begin going after that dream you’ve forgotten about, that HR position you want, that exciting new initiative that you’ve been putting away in the freezer.

Don’t keep these things frozen away.

Don’t assume people already know how you feel.

Don’t assume you have years or decades to make up for lost time.

For those people and things that are really important, take time to cherish them, spend time on them and with them.

Even with the pandemic, there is no better, perfect time than now.   

Onward!

P.S. Feel free to share this post with those you love.

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I would welcome hearing your own reflections.  Feel free to provide them in the comments below by CLICKING HERE.

About the author: Alan Collins is a Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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6 Responses to “Are You Making Time For What You Love? Check Out This 2-Minute Video To Find Out.”

  1. Ann Manikas Says:

    Thanks Alan! Great video- made me cry! I really appreciate your blog — it’s been a rough year for all of us so it is so great to be reminded to stop and cherish the moments and people in our lives. Happy Holidays!

  2. Alan Says:

    Ann, thanks so much for reaching out with your feedback. I appreciate it. You’re not alone, the video brings tears to my eyes as well every time I view it. This truly has been a challenging year for all of us. Hopefully with two vaccines approved and new leadership in Washington DC coming, we can march more quickly towards a recovery to make 2021 a better year. In the spirit of the article, I’d like to thank you for all your support, smarts and enthusiasm when we worked together years ago at Quaker. I reflect on those days fondly and with great memories. Please enjoy the holidays and the New Year. Be well, stay safe and enjoy the holidays. -Alan.

  3. MADONNA H BENTZ Says:

    Alan,
    This year has brought significant challenges for many of us. I continue to appreciate your emails, tips, and perspectives.
    I am thankful our company recovered from a devastating Spring where we were unable to cover all payroll – to our best year ever!

    Unfortunately that is not true for many companies.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family. Best wishes for a better 2021!

    Madonna Bentz

  4. Alan Says:

    Madonna, thanks so much for your comments. I’m thrilled that the emails and articles have added value. Congratulations on being a part of an organization that successfully made it through a tough year to reach new heights. There’s a lot there to be thankful for. You’re right, many organizations weren’t so fortunate in 2020. Please enjoy the holidays and I join you in wishing for a better 2021. Be well and stay safe. Best, Alan.

  5. Francis Ferdinand Cinco Says:

    Thank you so much for this Allan. The video touched me to my core. It has been a very challenging year in getting my HR bsusiness started. I’ve put in the best of myself into this project and wondered for months if anyone cared or found value in it. Just this December, I’ve found my first paying clients – people I’ve met and care about. In the process, I am rediscovering the joy of doing HR work to be part of other people’s growth. But you are right, there are many things I stilll miss – the warmth of face to face interactions. But Christmas is a time for hope and faith. Let’s cherish our family and friends

  6. Alan Says:

    Francis, I’m so pleased you found the video of value. Congrats on landing your first paid clients and rediscovering the joy of HR. It looks like you’ve turned the corner. I wish your much continued joy this holiday season and success in the New Year. Be well & stay safe. -Alan

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