Any excuse to celebrate

Celebrations can be fun.

So why not have more of them?

It’s easy to slip into believing that you should only do something to mark an event or achievement if it’s a BIG event or achievement.

But maybe it doesn’t have to be that way.


Perhaps it’s always possible to find something to drink to (even if only in a metaphorical sense).

You could, for instance, celebrate the number of days you’ve been here on Planet Earth:

Apparently as of today I’ve seen 21,634 sunrises.

And why shouldn’t I feel good about this?

May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity (an interesting buffet table at their party, I’m sure).

Hergé, the Belgian illustrator behind the Tin-Tin stories, was born on May 22nd in 1907.

And a year before that, on this day in 1906 the Wright brothers were granted a U.S. patent for their ‘flying machine’.

The point is, even if you don’t go hunting for random reasons, there are generally opportunities to celebrate minor achievements in your own life.

Just because they’re modest doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be marked.

On Friday mornings I sometimes look back over the past seven days to list things I view as successes.

They might be as run of the mill as finishing a piece of work, or having enjoyed meeting up with someone.

It doesn’t really matter how insignificant they may feel in the scale of things, what’s important is allowing yourself to reflect on them in such a way that you feel good for a few minutes.

Pat yourself on the back. Toast yourself. Hang out the flags.

Set off the fireworks. Put on a party, even if you’re the only attendee.

Find a tiny reason to celebrate, and then do just that.

9 thoughts on “Any excuse to celebrate

  1. Great post Jon, thank you! I am ‘celebrating’ staying on my diet another few days and may even have a slice of lime with my pretend gin and tonic this evening….fizzy water with ice and a slice!!!

  2. I’ve instigated something in our regular team meeting to help recognise achievement, in a slot called “what have you done today to make you feel proud?”

    Henceforth to be known as the Heather Small moment.

  3. Hurray! I believe in celebrating everything possible. A 90th here on Sunday for father in law. He wants a fish n ship supper. Fair enough..
    Cheers again, Jon. Nice one.

  4. Continuing happy feeling vibes over weekend after fabulous two days in London with treats at Queen’s garden party & afternoon tea at Claridges – a birthday treat from my best friend.

    Travel, accommodation etc all went to plan & exceeded expectations so whilst having a bit of necessary rest time think that qualifies for a quiet extended celebration, reflecting on experience, as it’s a Bank holiday weekend here in the UK.

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