The Gift of Experiences

Jim Rohn said "Life is simply a collection of experiences. Your job is to increase the intensity and frequency of those experiences".

With Christmas just around the corner, many of us are quite busy doing our shopping for gifts for friends and friends. Personally, I most love to give the gift of experiences. Sharing time with someone doing something memorable is a gift that will be treasured and remembered for years to come. In my personal life, I've given gifts that include: a dogsledding trip, couple's massages, cooking classes, symphony or theatre tickets, and a mountain weekend retreat. Since it's a couple days before Christmas, I can't tell you about this year's gifts of experiences just yet!

What if we applied the gift of experiences to work? I can think of a couple of experiences I have had at work that were incredible team-building events that also had a wonderful twist of giving back to the community.

In the first instance, we took an afternoon to build children's bicycles. We were split into teams, and were challenged to come up with a theme and sales pitch for our bicycle-building project. Teams assembled and decorated the bikes, then came up with a fun and creative sales pitch which we presented to the other teams. I should note, we were all accountants, not salespeople, so our pitches were rather interesting. At the end of the day, all the bicycles were donated to charity.

In the second instance, we again took an afternoon and went to volunteer at a local charity. We spent an afternoon at food bank preparing hampers. While it was a lot more work than building bicycles, it was a fabulous opportunity for everyone to work together outside of the office. I'm sure we all went home feeling like we had done something worthwhile that day.

This year as you think about your Christmas gift-giving, I challenge you to add the gift of experience to your list.

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