Guest post: Celebration!


12 Days for Good wraps up today! Over the last 12 days we invited various members of our community to share ideas about volunteering–the joys, the challenges, and the special meanings that emerge from sharing work. Their words describe a fractured, unjust world, full of deeply resilient people striving for something better. They also describe those moments where we realize ‘something better,’ if only temporarily. So while our good work should not end after 12 days, the 12 Days for Good campaign also gives us occasion to celebrate! Our friends at the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation wrote the following on the theme, and great great value, of celebration:KWCFLogo

“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.”

– Ashley Ormon

Celebration – what a wonderful concept.  All too often in this busy life of ours, we focus on the future.  We focus on the next goal, the next target and what needs to be done to achieve success.  Taking a moment to reflect to the past—to what we have achieved—is sometimes considered a luxury we can ill afford to take the time to do.

I’d suggest that we are all the poorer for not taking a moment to think about where we have been and what we have accomplished.  All too often a scarcity approach influences our time and creeps into our very souls.  We can be pulled into dwelling on what we don’t have and what we need to do in order to achieve all the things we think we need to do to be happy or fulfilled.

Reflection and celebration of our accomplishments reminds us of the abundance that is ours and fills us with motivation to share with others.

Twelve days for good is drawing to an end.  Now is the time to celebrate all that has been accomplished by this wonderful approach to community building and community sharing of assets..

The families who are now included in the promise of the joy of Christmas is a tribute to all who uphold the “barnraising” values used and celebrated here in the Region of Waterloo.  It is not a boastful or arrogant celebration of what we have done.  In keeping with our values, it is a satisfaction in knowing that we have shared the wealth that is ours and included others who may have been excluded from the abundance surrounding them.

Celebration is good for the heart, it is good for the soul and there is no doubt that it is good for community.

Congratulations to each of you for your gifts and for your commitment to sharing those gifts through the 12 days for good campaign.  Please take time to allow yourselves to feel good about the joy you have brought to others and to yourselves through your dedication and hard work.

In closing, I would offer the following quote and my best wishes to all for a healthy, happy celebration of Christmas with family and friends:

“Thoughts turn to other’s just a little more this time of year. Days grow shorter and memories grow longer. Families and friends gather in celebration or hope. Giving is a reflection of our love and caring for each other and those less fortunate. May your thoughts turn to gratitude this holiday season and carry on throughout the next year…”

– James A. Murphy



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