Do we all celebrate often enough?
There are family milestones, birthdays, graduations, and more. There are friends who are visiting from out of town. There are events which take place at work. Do we take the time and effort to celebrate each of these or not?
It my purpose in discussing this topic to say celebrating goes a long way to make everyone involved feel better about life, to enjoy the moment. The participation in a celebration brings family members closer together, creates bonds for greater team building at work, binds friends through a tighter relationship. There should be not one single thread of guilt around celebrating!
One has to almost live in a cave not to be impacted in one form or another multiple times a day with negative news. News feeds come across your handheld device, when traveling it is right there on the TV monitor at the restaurant or on the airline seat in front of you on the nine inch monitor. The exposure to a constant negative news story becomes an addiction. Once we hear the initial headline we then must hear more. We want to hear – “The Rest of The Story”!
There are numerous people who are close to me – they have declared themselves free of the news media and news in general. They often ask me, “why don’t you do the same, cut the cord! Who needs that crap?”
My response is always the same, “For the work that I do, I must, as in, I must remain aware of what is going on in the business world, the local community, nationally and internationally. It is not even a thought for me to consider not having an awareness of what is going on.”
Their next response always floors me, “It will only drag you down, you don’t need to know all of this stuff as you think you do!”
The point here is not to go find a cave to live in! Instead choose to counteract the negative news by creating celebrations around the positive things which are taking place all around us each and everyday. Intentionally seek out reasons to create celebrations.
It is not about spending a huge amount of money. For example – certain companies are well known for having a huge event which costs a good amount of money. In the NY Metro Area one of these companies is Bloomberg. They have an end of summer extravaganza which is amazing! Everyone is not able to celebrate like they do at Bloomberg (the annual budget for this event would be a nice win on a lottery ticket).
A celebration can be a group singing around a campfire one evening. Consider the event and the people who will be involved and make it more about them than about the amount of money to spend. It is time for me to ask you – what type of celebrations will you consider adding to your list of celebrations to be held this year?
Mitch Tublin is a business consultant, an advanced and certified executive and personal coach and a leadership development expert who resides in Stamford, CT.
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