As a reader, I love to learn from other people’s curated lists of what to read. As a critical thinker, I scan many but only read (and share) a few books. And, yesterday I had a chance to see the Best Book List thing entirely differently. As an author. Fast Company chose #SocialEra as one of their Best Business Books of 2012. It was a delight to be included along side such luminaries as Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes, Susan Cain, Clay Christensen and James Allworth, and Brene Brown … because these are people whose ideas matter to me and are shaping how and what I think about. Books do that. They shape the way people frame a topic.
Friends who have known me for 20+ years know that I always have champagne splits* in the fridge. My husband remembers the moment of first noticing this and swears this is when he fell in love with me**. Now it’s our tradition since he’s fully embraced it. It says we’re ready — at the drop of a hat — to mark something good that happened that day. It doesn’t have to be a public recognition. It can be a private moment of clarity.
What we choose to celebrate signals what matters to us. For learning something we’ve struggled to know. For speaking our truth. For being recognized in public for something we’ve labored on for long stretches in private. It can be with a grateful prayer, or the clink of two glasses toasting, or a happy dance***. Sometimes all 3 happen in our home. Maybe even tonight!
At work, and at home, I hope you are ready to celebrate the goodness that is happening all around you. Do you have a favorite way of celebrating?
*What is a split? It is a bottle that holds exactly 2 glasses of champagne. Also known as a pony, snipe or quarter bottle, but Split just sounds like you want to share, doesn’t it?
**It is either this moment or the REI store moment. One day I’ll share the REI story.
***No, there is no video moment of the Happy Dance. But imagine a blend of John Travolta + Big bird dance moves and you’d basically have a picture in your head of what this looks like. Hence, no video.