FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY: Celebrate Christmas 'Unplugged'
Throughout this year you have been living and breathing 'work'. It's been on your mind 24/7. You have been technologically connected to the office, to the job site, to your clients, to your suppliers non-stop for the past 11 months.
And that will probably continue for the next couple of weeks. Depending on the nature of your work and your business, you will either be very busy during the Christmas season or you will be shut down for several days; maybe even for a week.
Why not treat yourself and your family to a wonderful Christmas present? Reconnect with your family. Engage in actual conversations. Turn off your phone and PDA and all of your other tech gadgets and spend time with your family. Bond with your spouse, kids or grandkids. Try it for a day. If it feels good, extend that time.
Figure out a tech-free schedule that works best for you and your situation. Make a point of telling those who need to know at work that you will be unavailable on a specific day or specific hours.
Carve out some meaningful family time that isn't disrupted by phone or email or Facebook or Twitter. Your family deserves your undivided attention. In fact, make it a family affair. Have the kids turn off their tech gadgets as well. (There's a challenge!) You might rediscover the importance of Conversation, Play, Silence, Peace.
We tend to become slaves to technology. While we say that our gadgets are helpful tools to carry out our business and to remain connected -- and that's true! --, we soon discover that those tools control US.
Perhaps your experience with being unplugged -- even for a few hours -- will lead to a New Year's Resolution to carve out regular time every week to reconnect with family face to face, rather than Facebook to Facebook.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BARRIE, Friday, Dec. 23 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Williams Coffee Pub, 501 Bryne Drive, Barrie; Kim Sanderson, facilitator
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Dec. 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, Dec.9 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Manley and Daniel Botha, facilitators.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, NO MEETING – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.
EDMONTON AM, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
FONTHILL, Thursday, Dec. 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bailey O’Grady’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20 East, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.
FORT ERIE, Friday, Dec. 30 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.
GUELPH, Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
HAMILTON, Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KAWARTHA LAKES (LINDSAY), Tuesday, Dec. 13 – LAUNCH OF A NEW CHAPTER, Breakfast, 8 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Keith Knight, guest speaker.
KINGSTON, Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Keith Knight, facilitator
KITCHENER, Friday, Dec. 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, Thursday, Dec. 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, Thursday, Dec. 21 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
LONDON LUNCH, NO MEETING – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator
MARKHAM, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham.
MISSISSAUGA, NO MEETING– Lunch 12 noon, Gospel Cafe, 5120 Dixie Road, Mississauga; Keith Knight, facilitator.
NEWMARKET, Friday, Dec. 9 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. .
NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), NO MEETING – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, Friday, Dec. 9 – 12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, NO MEETING– Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.
SASKATOON, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, Dec. 14 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, Dec. 1 and 15 – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.
VANCOUVER, Tuesday, Dec. 13 –Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Earl Almeida, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, Dec. 2 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WINDSOR, NO MEETING – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Marija’s Place, 1412 Wyandotte Ave. at Moy Avenue; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Dec. 13 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, Friday, Dec. 2– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.