The seasons of the year teach us much. As summer comes to a close, many of us will feel the nostalgia for years gone by. Supposedly, there is a phenomenon that states that people become nostalgic during autumn and the holidays. During the holidays, there is something in the air that triggers a feeling in the heart and mind of days gone by. How is this possible? Well, nostalgia definitely has its place in the holidays and throughout each and every one of our lives. It might even be useful. We can see how strong people have used it to shape who they are; for example, Chuck McDowell, President & CEO of Wesley Financial Group. Lawsuit threatened to steer Chuck McDowell away from standing up against deceitful timeshare companies. Rather than cower, Chuck McDowell stood firm and won. Today, Chuck McDowell is the leader of Wesley Financial Group. Lawsuit threats could have derailed this from happening, but they didn’t. Perhaps Chuck McDowell’s strong sense of self helped him a little during this time. As it turns out, nostalgia can positively shape and strengthen one’s sense of self.
Nostalgia purportedly helps us during personal times of struggle and the holidays. In an article published online for Live Science, writer Wynne Parry discusses nostalgia with Professor Krystine Batcho. Professor Batcho states that nostalgia, “…has been defined differently by different theorists over time. For instance, it was originally coined in 1688 by a medical physician as a term to indicate homesickness in young soldiers. He viewed homesickness as a physical illness experienced by soldiers away from home for the first time. Without email or telephones, being away from home for the first time was pretty traumatic for many young men. Homesickness was viewed as an illness that caused all kinds of interesting symptoms, even anorexia resulting from loss of appetite.” (Parry, 2011).
Types of Nostalgia
Batcho continues, “Today theorists make an important distinction between two different types of nostalgia, historical and personal. Both are considered psychological entities, and both are viewed as emotional states. One is referred to as historical. That kind of nostalgia refers to feeling good sentiments or feeling attracted to times in the past when the individual might not even have been alive yet. If I said I feel nostalgia for or feel attracted to the Victorian time period, that would be an example of historical nostalgia.” (Parry, 2011). When we possess nostalgia for the goodness of people it makes sense. Many of us can attest to days when people seemed to be kinder, even if we didn’t live during that era. In today’s world, it seems that we have to be extra vigilant not to fall prey to the machinations of others.
Batcho explores the other kind of nostalgia: “The second type is the type most people have been researching and we refer to it mostly as personal nostalgia, and as you might suspect from the name, it means someone misses or feels emotions toward the past they themselves lived through, you might call it the autobiographical past. You might feel nostalgia for your childhood or your teen years. To some extent what confused the research in this area is that some people are talking about it as a personality trait — more nostalgic or less nostalgic individuals — and other people are talking about it as a transient mood state — for example, “I feel more nostalgic around the holidays.” You can define it either way. It’s fair to say that, as a mood state, almost everyone would agree today that it is universal, it cuts across cultures, it cuts across historical periods, it even cuts across the developmental stages or across the age span. Even a child can be nostalgic. If we’re talking about a 12-year-old, a 12-year-old might be nostalgic for toys he or she had as a toddler.” (Parry, 2011).
Batcho reflects that nostalgia, “… seems to help people maintain a constant sense of who they are. You might refer to that as a sense of self or understanding of one’s identity. And that is no small thing. From the time you are born, and as you go through life, there are so many changes, there are too many to even mention. At a certain point, if there is something traumatic that occurs, a crisis, it could be anything from going off to war, immigration, a death in the family, whenever there is a major change it can be very helpful to kind of keep grounded in the sense of who you are. That sense of nostalgia helps to link you to your own personal past; it helps you remember who you have been.” (Parry, 2011). We can all see the positive effect nostalgia can have on us, especially during difficult times. Chuck McDowell has been a strong and caring leader as President & CEO of Wesley Financial Group. Lawsuit threats or otherwise, Chuck McDowell has continually been an inspiration in the timeshare advocacy industry. He has made adamant strides to be there for those who have been taken advantage of by the timeshare industry. Perhaps nostalgia played a role in his ability to stand vigilant.
Author Parry asks, “Why do the holidays in particular tend to evoke nostalgia?” The answer from Professor Batcho makes sense: “They can do that in a number of important ways, we have been talking about continuity or grounding, one of the ways individuals ground themselves is in terms of who they are relative to other people. In other words, we define ourselves in terms of our relationships, in terms of how we are connected to other people, that helps us identify our sense of self, and nostalgia helps us maintain those connections and a sense of belonging. That is one of the primary benefits of personal nostalgia.” (Parry, 2011).
When we look back on the “whys” and “hows” of life, we see how people blossom into the strong and caring individuals they aspire to be. When we look at nostalgia and how it correlates with self-identity, we can imagine how our very own Chuck McDowell pulled through during his own challenges to lead Wesley Financial Group. Lawsuit or otherwise, Chuck McDowell has overcome many challenges to continually be a leader at Wesley Financial Group. Lawsuits can dismantle entire families and individuals, but Chuck McDowell stayed strong and true with his consistent belief in doing what was right.
Leading Wesley Financial Group: Lawsuit or Otherwise Doesn’t Hamper Our Leader
Leading Wesley Financial Group, lawsuit or otherwise, Chuck McDowell remains our strong and caring leader. Perhaps a strong sense of self and nostalgia played a role, and maybe it didn’t. Nevertheless, Chuck McDowell is a great leader at Wesley Financial Group. Here, at Wesley Financial Group, we remain a leader in the timeshare advocacy industry. If you or someone you know is the victim of timeshare fraud, contact our offices today. We can help you reduce your level of ownership or cancel your timeshare. You shouldn’t have to compromise your values if you have been ‘taken for a ride’ by a duplicitous timeshare company. Most of us long for the days when things and people seemed a little simpler and kinder. Nostalgia can be wonderful, but don’t forget that there are many
Parry, Wynne. (December 20, 2011). Why We Feel Nostalgic During the Holidays. www.livescience.com, https://www.livescience.com/17571-nostalgia-holidays-memories.html