Navigating the Challenges of the High Holiday Season – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk


On a normal day, I interact with some amazing people. Some of them issue challenges, they make me smile, offer encouragement, lend support, supply guidance, or share a friendly cup of coffee, and laugh at my lame jokes. But we are in the high holiday season when family, extended family and nefarious outlaws conspire to hijack get-togethers, dinners and cocktail parties and create uncomfortable situations or exercise their right to expose their difficult side.

Dealing with challenging and unreasonable individuals can suck the joy from the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and curdle grandma’s famous banana pudding pie. I have devised a plan that resembles the game of hot potato. Cornered, with no chance of escape, I take a deep breath and listen. The breathing helps me to remain calm and non-committal.

I won’t make the mistake of agreeing to a follow-up lunch or an invitation to their junior’s birthday celebration. I nod…

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