Tourist groups in Africa share a universal tradition called “The Sundowner.” After the day’s activities the whole camp gathers around for a time of discussion with beverages and snacks of choice. The day's events, scenery, excitement, and challenges are thoroughly reviewed by all. Personal and group items are noted and shared. Depending on the group (and the beverages) it is not uncommon for the Sundowner to spill over to a “Moonriser.” People across all the diverse cultures take time to relax, get to know each other, and form a bond that is unique to the safari camp culture.
As we discussed all these important to the moment circumstances one evening, a thought came to me about how a similar approach would help my personal family life. But, can I really spare the time to better bond with my family? Rather the question is: Can I really afford to not spare the time to do so? Should not our families be more important than our jobs?
Tonight I plan to engage in a sundowner, and maybe even a moonriser, with my wife. We are both key to our own personal culture that must continue to transcend work. Why shouldn’t we all engage in sundowners/moonrisers with members of our family on a regular basis?
Let’s strengthen the all important family bond, both at work and at home.
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