The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated from November 1st to November 2nd, which originated in Mexico, and spread throughout Latin America. Families celebrate life by remembering those who’ve passed away. They put up offerings called “ofrendas” in their houses. The word ofrenda means “offering” in Spanish. Before setting an altar, they thoroughly clean their house. An ofrenda, is usually created for the family members of a person who has died and is intended to welcome them to the altar setting. Ofrendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations, as families gather to clean and decorate grave sites of loved ones and honor with food, drinks, and activities the Dead enjoyed in life.
Let’s celebrate the day of the dead, which is a memorable holiday for millions of people around the world. For those who don’t celebrate this holiday, there’s a lot that you can learn from a personal or work-related perspective, and here are the reasons why:
As families gather on The Day of the Dead to celebrate the life of those who passed, there was a time where they also celebrated the birth of their loved ones. As I sit in my home office on this warm summer day, I think back to when I started working at Job Duck- a newborn beginning a life in a company with lots of growth opportunities. I remember the day I started as if it was yesterday. I was so excited to start this new life. My colleagues celebrated and congratulated me in every possible way.
Starting at a new company can bring lots of joy to you, your family, and your co-workers. You should embrace every moment and give it your all as if there’s no tomorrow. Remember that when you start at a new company, you’re there for a reason- just like life in general. You walk on this earth to leave footsteps behind for the next generation to follow. Don’t forget to give credit to yourself. Crawl until you can walk, practice until you can talk, as long as you never give up. Enjoy the start of this amazing journey, which is your new workplace and your brand new life!
We’ve all been there. We’ve all known what struggles the process of growth holds for us in the future. Nobody is perfect, and there will come days where you make mistakes in your workplace- that’s part of ‘growing up.’ But it would help if you never forget to ask for assistance once you need it.
Your workplace should be an environment filled with motivation and support that will lead you as a better worker and lead your company to the success it wants to achieve. At Job Duck, we believe in those morals. There’s always someone who will be there for you no matter what. Yes, we are co-workers, but more than that- we are a team. And in us being here for each other, we learn, and we grow. As in life, one day it will come, we will not know why, but they will not be there anymore. One day you will have to stand on your own two feet. However, we have to live on and preserve their memories, preserve what they’ve taught us.
Afterward, as we lay in bed after a beautiful day at work, we will remember their knowledge, warmth, love, and how they helped us grow into what we became. It’s about remembering where we came from, what they meant to us, and we should never take anything for granted. Appreciate what you have and strive to become a better human than the one you were yesterday. Strive to become a better worker, as your leaders taught you to be.
Being An Adult
As you become an adult, you start to realize that you have a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. You have to set an example and lead the newborns into a successful life. Being an adult, especially in your workplace, means that you should motivate the newcomers and be there for them whenever they need you. You should be a role model and someone who everybody could look up to.
It’s the circle of life. Whenever you take the lead by being kind and supportive, you will implement that example on the next generation to follow, and that will be the key to creating and helping grow a successful business. If you are a senior in your workplace, strive to make it enjoyable for every colleague and let them wake up with excitement in their hearts to work as hard as they can to help the company grow in every way possible. The happier your co-workers are, the more productive they’ll be. In the end, everybody wants to leave a legacy behind.
The Day of the Dead
This brings us to my final point- leaving a legacy behind. One day all of us will face “death,” whether it’s in real life or your workplace. It’s inevitable. Take a moment to think back about your life in general. Are you happy with what you have achieved thus far? Are you proud of the person you are, and could you say with all honesty that you have been a supportive human towards those in need? Facing “death” from your workplace means that you’ve grown old, and it’s time to walk away from the company where you’ve spent most of your time. Will your colleagues celebrate the legacy you left behind, or will they celebrate the fact that they will never see you again? Be someone who everybody loves to be around. Be someone who genuinely helps your co-workers from the bottom of your heart.
Let’s celebrate The Day of the Dead, as death isn’t the end of the road in the Mexican tradition. As seen in Pixar’s “Coco” the other side is filled with experiences beyond life. In the end, life goes on, and even though “death” is inevitable, it shouldn’t be feared. Live life to the fullest and celebrate the life of those who aren’t with us anymore.
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The Job Duck Team