I called my credit card company to check if a charge had been deleted. Shock. The background announcement was about making holiday purchases interest-free for a certain period. That caught the attention of the ghostwriter and speechwriter in me.
No, our clients should not be alluding to the holidays in their articles, fundraising materials, speeches, and PowerPoint Presentations. Unless they are one of Santa's elves whose business that is.
The spirituality movement might have peaked. And we who immersed ourselves in it have taken what was useful and left the rest. Some of us are even anticipating making a bundle of money in the the next boom. But that massive shift in consciousness embedded the lesson that it is smart to stay in the now. That wisdom of being in the present has been reinforced by movers and shakers in Silicon Valley.
In the July 2013 edition of WIRED, Noah Shactman describes how employees at Facebook and Google are practicing the fundamentals of mindfulness. They are doing that not to enhance their spirituality. They are in the lotus position on the cushion to become better at their work. Being in the now has a distinct competitive advantage.
With that message out, no commercial force or even a hustling non-profit is going to push us toward the holiday season prematurely. In fact, because of our dabbling in eastern thought, some of us might have deleted the western holiday season from what we choose to experience.