it’s been quite a week of milestones in our family.

this weekend we celebrated our neice’s first birthday, my 10 year college reunion, and this coming weekend we will celebrate big birthdays for both my mom and my grandmother.

in the midst of all of the celebrating, and the reminiscing, and the story-telling, and the just being together with family and friends – i’ve been thinking about the importance of celebrating milestones.

wikipedia says this about milestones: “milestones are constructed to provide reference points along the road. this can be used to reassure travellers that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either distance travelled or the remaining distance to a destination.”

whether celebrating milestones with family, or old friends, or staff members, or volunteer teammates – milestones give us permission to pause and say to each other:

we are in this together | we care for and value each other | our work has been significant | we are moving in the right direction | we look forward to the future

whether celebrating a big birthday or an anniversary at work, or simply that you made it through another day of life, take a moment today to pause and reflect on your milestone and what it has meant and will mean in your life.


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