Celebrating is an act of generosity that brings out the best in us as human beings and that guides us towards the best of our resolve as an organization. It helps us to put the spotlight on what we want or consider important, to remember our goals, and to identify ourselves as worthy individuals who deserve achievement.
There is a certain generosity in celebration that goes precisely in that direction, that of feeding our spirits and filling our pantry of merit. We celebrate when we are deserving and we become aware of what we deserve when we celebrate – and this duality is good to remember.
Celebrating also instills in us feelings of excitement and generosity. Generosity expressed towards oneself –if we’re speaking of an intimate act, something from our daily lives– or towards others if we’re meeting to share an achievement with friends.
Only a narrow view of reality could say otherwise. We live in the new paradigm’s current of change and we understand achievement as a shared responsibility that comes from everyone’s individual contribution. Celebration, understood as a force that disrupts effort and productivity, would be part of the old paradigm and many of us might continue to be doubtful towards it.
Reigned over for centuries by a vertical system of order and work (and of society), celebration was exploited as an instrument of collective indoctrination. Dogmatism or any other form of pyramidal order (and the organization of work until well into the 20th century went, undoubtedly, along these lines) was obsessed with telling us when we could celebrate, how we could do so, and especially what was worthy of celebration and why. It wasn’t necessary to be paying attention to our own needs nor to explore the reasons as to why one would take part.
Nevertheless, today we try to integrate production processes horizontally in order to achieve maximum efficiency, seeking a type of “sum” of talents. We understand work and relationships with others as a type of mutual growth and projection that has a combined, joint result. Therefore, we must be able to understand what the things we need to celebrate are, and be willing to be at the forefront of that. It doesn’t matter if we’re not the one celebrating the birthday, if we’re not the one who has been promoted to a position with more responsibilities, or if we’re a follower of the rival team when the opponent’s victory is being celebrated.
We can always commemorate the reason why we’ve been invited and our reason for attending; the pleasure of being together, of having overcome difficulties, or of simply being there. In the end, celebrating is nothing more than our giving up on being so self-absorbed and taking responsibility to care for the great “us,” with the celebration serving as a platform for our coming together – a meeting point.