I bet you know at least one family who leaves their Christmas decorations up way past the end of the holiday season.
Those of us who think we know the appropriate time to take things down, box them up and move on, roll our eyes or derisively mock our neighbor who just doesn’t get it. “What’s the deal with these people?” we wonder every time we walk or drive past their place.
Of course, the “guilty party” is oblivious to our judgment–or simply doesn’t care.
Of course, all of our consternation won’t change anything.
Of course, none of this is very important anyway.
So why do we care? Why can we not resist pointing the finger at the guy down the street?
I wonder whether deep down we all know that we are holding on to ideas, beliefs, practices and resentments that no longer serve us. And it is so much easier to shine the light on what YOU should dismantle or let go of, than for me to cast aside or put away MY things that are well past their expiration date.
I wonder how many things all of us–and our organizations–cling to when it is well past the time to move on.
And I wonder how many people are able to see my metaphorical list of January Christmas lights and think “what’s the deal with this guy?”