At Purdy-McGuire, we do believe in celebrating! Seems like we celebrate every major holiday, but more than anything, we celebrate each other. Employee anniversaries are celebrated every month, and each celebrant is rewarded with a gift. Certain milestone anniversaries require big celebrations, and … well … let’s just say that some images from those celebrations are best left “company-private,” which was once a term in old corporate America (I even had a stamp!). Taken out of context, some people might think we’re nuts.
Of course, birthdays are celebrated, and milestone birthdays are something special. 2020 presented unique challenges for keeping our celebration-loving culture intact, but we had plenty of celebrations anyway (most documented with ZOOM screenshots…). As a firm, we’ve managed to remain connected during this COVID Conundrum. So how do you celebrate PMI’s own King of Celebrations and Costumes on his milestone birthday? We wanted (needed) to see his smiling face. We wanted (needed) him to see our smiling faces too.
So we all masked up, traveled in small groups (by teams), and celebrated him in person. Outside his home. With costumes and signs and balloons, plus food and drink to share with his family. Yep. Five back-to-back drivebys. I think Kip was surprised by the first driveby; but when the 2nd driveby started, I’ll bet he had figured it all out and waited for the next group with birthday-ish anticipation!
2020 was tough for everyone in some way. New loved ones were ushered into the world while existing ones were ushered out, either because of COVID or because it was just their time. COVID-19 changed how we live across the board, and how we socialize may be different forever. But we made it to 2021, and are already three months in. That alone is worth celebrating!
So please don’t forget to celebrate! Celebrate your wins, but also celebrate what you learned from your losses. Celebrate the sunshine in its blazing glory, but celebrate the rain for its cleansing and nourishing effects. Look for that silver lining and celebrate it – find a reason to celebrate something or someone every day.