Good morning and Happy New Year, albeit a tad late as we at GNN took time to enjoy the last few days of the holidays with family and friends, or just to rest up for what promises to be a hectic 2017.
As I mentioned before the holidays began, I savor this time of year because there is more time to spend with the people who mean so much to me outside the industry.
For example, a group of us from high school who hung around for years gather to embellish stories about what happened in the ‘70s, catch up with one another and attempt to deny the fact that we are all either retired or approaching retirement.
It may sound like a pathetic attempt to relive our respective youths, but there is no real detachment from reality. It was those stories that brought us together so many years ago, but it’s the personalities that keep us coming back over 40 years later. I figure I’m pretty lucky to have friends like that for most of my life and, as a matter of fact, I wish I could hang with them more throughout the year.
The same goes for my family, who gather on Christmas Day and throughout the holidays, including my 92-year-old mom, my sister and her family and my daughter and her husband. My other sister usually calls from Ottawa that day and everyone at our end must say Merry Christmas to everyone at her end in a time-consuming tradition before or while the turkey is consumed.
This is the stuff that has made the holidays so good over the years. I joke with my daughter about how it’s all gift cards these days instead of taking the time to hunt down a more personalized present and she just laughs and says, `Dad, I don’t need another Doodle Bear,’ once the hot commodity when she was a kid because you could write on it, wash it off and write on it again.
You cherish those moments from her childhood and, looking at my mom, it gives you a warm feeling about how she worked to make every Christmas special for us, even when funds were tight. The fact that, at 92, she’s still making Christmas dinner, albeit with more assistance than in the past, is something for which I’m extremely grateful, as well.
Those are the type of holiday memories that many of us hold dear to our hearts, which is why we cherish that time of year as much as we do and, according to the last GNN Poll of 2016, many of us were looking forward to the time spent with family and friends over the just-concluded holidays.
If you recall, the question was have you set aside a specific amount of time over the holidays that is exclusively for family and friends and will you stick by it, or cheat by working?
It was pretty close, with 56 per cent saying they end up working at least a little bit and 44 per cent saying they will spend that time with friends and family only with no work.
I must confess that, as much as I cherish the holidays for that quality time, I do sneak off and do some work on occasion. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re in your own business and my business is news, which is 24/7.
Of course, some will say that it’s just the nature of Hutch to do that and there may be some truth to that as well, but I still make a point of spending holiday time with people who count because we all know what happens as the year progresses towards the start of the golf season.
Outside of the holidays, I do feel I need a better balance between work and quality personal time, no matter if the reason is that I’m my own worst enemy in that regard or that there just aren’t enough hours in the day at work throughout the year.
Have you achieved a good balance in that respect? That’s the GNN Poll this week, the first of 2017.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as it’s always been, feel free to expand on your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Now that the holidays are over, do you feel you’ve established a good balance between quality time with friends/family and work the rest of the year?
- YES (55%)
- NO (45%)