I’m off to a celebration. Drinks.
Drinks to celebrate leaving – a friend has been made redundant and is leaving his job role shortly.
We do that don’t we? Celebrate leaving. Celebrate endings. Sometimes just before the ending, sometimes just after. Like a wake.
I have never been invited to a celebration to mark someone starting. You know, a week into their new role, let’s organise drinks to celebrate. Maybe I just don’t get invited to those?
But, perhaps more of note, we don’t celebrate the awareness, the personal learning and growth along life’s journey.
We don’t go out to celebrate discovering our purpose or that we’ve finally pinned down a core value that has driven our decision making and sense of fulfilment for years. We don’t high five people in the street because we realise structure and control are important to us.
Sure, endings mark new beginnings. But the point of transition itself seems to be our focus for note worthiness, for recognition, for celebration.
The steps, the learning, the awareness… all seem important steps to movement, to change, to choice, to growth. Yet we focus on endings and ignore the enabling awareness and learning.
Maybe we should raise a glass to steps? Small steps which can amount to something bigger?
I became aware of this today.