“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

—Tom Peters

What if, instead of waiting for birthdays or annual holidays, we celebrated others more often, not because the calendar told us to, but because we saw something in them that resonated, something worth cherishing?

We all know someone who’s perpetually curious, their mind a swirling cosmos of ‘what ifs’ and ‘why nots’. They treat the world like an endless puzzle, pieces scattered in the winds of their inquisitiveness. When did you last celebrate this explorer in your midst?

Or how about the harmonizer? The person who smooths out conflicts, weaving silken threads of empathy through prickly fields of discord. They hold the human tapestry together, stitch by stitch, mending gaps with tender hands. Isn’t their role in your life worthy of applause?

Celebrations aren’t just about cakes and candles. They’re opportunities to spotlight what matters, to amplify the often-unseen gems in others. These are the moments that light a beacon for others to follow, to strive for.

What if we start a celebration revolution? Transforming admiration into action, casting light onto the unnoticed, creating a ripple effect of recognition. We could become the torchbearers of traits we value, sparking an ever-burning flame of appreciation.

This isn’t about doling out insincere compliments. It’s about nurturing a culture of genuine recognition, fertilizing the soil in which the best of humanity can flourish. It’s a call to action, to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the beautiful facets of people around us.

By celebrating others, we send out a clear message: “This is what we value. This is what we want to see more of.” And the world listens, amplifying these qualities in return.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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