There’s a snappy tune by Kool and the Gang called Celebration. It goes like this, “there’s a party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times and your laughter too…” Sound familiar? You may remember busting a move to this tune on the dance floor at a wedding, and maybe now it’s stuck in your head. The messages in this song are clear “celebrate often, have fun, be with friends, everything’s going to be alright.”
It’s this time of year when we often take pause to be thankful, to celebrate and to cherish our loved ones. While the turkeys, festive decorations and family gatherings evoke a feeling of togetherness and celebration, I wonder, how do we make that feeling last all year long?
I recall from my days as the director of a child care center how easy it is to get bogged down in the everyday happenings in the center. I managed my time well enough so that I could fit in payroll, classroom observations, newsletters, meetings, purchasing and all of the other “important” tasks of the director. I realize now, years later, that I didn’t carve out enough time for the most important thing: celebrating with and giving praise to my staff. My staff was hard-working, dedicated and loyal. Sure, we had staff meetings where accolades were given, meals provided, and an annual holiday celebration. But I can honestly say, I don’t think I spent enough time celebrating the everyday small things.
I still have work to do in this area myself. I guess I am issuing a challenge to myself, and maybe to you too. We all have it inside of us to celebrate. We know this because we go wild for birthdays and other holidays. Can we make a commitment to celebrate even the smallest good thing? Imagine the positive effect that could come from creating a culture of care and celebration in your workplace. This may seem like a very “Pollyanna” idea, but positivity only breeds more positivity.
When January rolls around, our stomachs and souls full, will you join me (and Kool and the Gang, of course) in celebrating all year round?
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.