As you reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, remember that our ‘battles’ can blind us to issues of greater importance. Here’s a little history lesson for you:
In 1914 the world was at war, but along the western front, a brief truce occurred on Christmas Eve. At the break of dawn, the German army crawled out of the trenches and stood unarmed, wishing the allied troops a Merry Christmas. The soldiers who had been fighting just a few hours prior were now shaking hands, exchanging presents, and singing carols. The Germans set up Christmas trees, and there was even a friendly game of soccer on the battlefield. German Lieutenant Kurt Zehmisch recalled: “How marvelously wonderful, yet how strange it was. The English officers felt the same way about it. Thus Christmas, the celebration of Love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as friends for a time.”
During this holiday season, let’s remember how similar we are instead of how different. We may not all agree on everything, but we are stronger together than divided. Even your enemy can be your greatest ally.
As my marketing agency, KGI Design Group wrote: “The competition is not about being better than each other, but being our best selves… You are not in this alone. Lift each other up and work together to succeed. Build a relationship with your competitors. They may refer you to a client that isn’t right for them but could bring your company great success.”