Brighton Leadership Group

What (and how) do you Celebrate?

That’s not a rhetorical question – we really want to know! After 2 pandemic years that limited our ability to gather for occasions, milestones and holidays, we have become more aware of the ways these celebrations matter in our lives.

Donna is working on a project around celebration and we would love to hear your stories, as well as share the tidbits below.

  • “Celebrations infuse life with passion and purpose. They summon the human spirit.” – Terrence E. Deal
  • Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end. – Joanne Harris

As we look forward to a summer (in the northern hemisphere, at least!) of marking birthdays, weddings, holidays, graduations, and other achievements together, we are wondering:

  1. What does celebration mean to you?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, celebrate is a verb that means 1. to acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.

  1. How has celebration shaped your life? For example, do you have a religious, cultural or family heritage with a lot of celebrations? If so, tell us about them!
  1. Is there a celebration that was especially impactful for you? What was the occasion, and what made it memorable?
  • “The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” Alek Wek
  • Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. Sarah Louise Delany
  1. Are there practices you have adopted to intentionally create memories and moments?
  • “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

Another meaning of celebrate is 2. to honor or praise publicly.

  1. How have you seen this done well (or done poorly) in your workplace?
  • “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters

Email and answer any (or all) of the questions above. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and here’s to making the most of summer celebrations!

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