When you hear a term such as “crisis” being regularly used as it applies to the price of Alberta crude these days, it isn’t just unsettling, it escalates concern for what’s ahead. The golf industry here is also dealing with the aftermath of a season that began late and ended early.
You can’t get in the car and turn on the radio without hearing about the oil situation, nor can you open a newspaper or go online without reading about it. You can’t make a coffee in the office without hearing about it and chances are the topic will come up at dinnertime when you’re home after a long day at work.
As serious a topic that it is, we all could use a break and the holidays offer us a chance for a time out.
The snow is now on the ground, what’s done is done and people are finishing their year-ends. The numbers are in the books and there’s nothing you can do about that.
You can talk about it all you want, but what’s in the past will stay there and what we learned from it is what you take forward. That’s more important than looking back, or obsessing about an oil situation you can do nothing about.
Everyone in the industry needs to get their holiday sales done and everything else wrapped up, then refresh themselves over the holidays with family and friends. Read a book that isn’t about golf or business, or make a contribution to a food bank.
Between media and social media, we don’t get much of a break anymore from bad news and work is day to day over the rest of the year, so take advantage of the time you have to decompress.
I encourage everybody to take a breather over the holidays and make sure those around you do the same.
January will come soon enough and we’ll be right back at it.