Celebrating the People in Your Life
May presents us with so many opportunities to celebrate the people in our lives. Hardly a week can go by this month without finding a holiday or event that allows us to focus on a particular part of our community. For celebrating the family members who are important to us, we have Mother’s Day and International Day of Families. If we want to respect and remember those who are no longer with us, we have Memorial Day and Harvey Milk Day. We have holidays to recognize people who fill important roles in our communities, such as National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Nurses Day. We can connect to our religious and ethnic communities through celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Ramadan for Muslims, Shavuot for Jews, or Pentecost for Christians. There are so many opportunities to highlight and appreciate the people around us. Whether you look forward to all of these holidays each year or you’re just hearing about them for the first time now, there is a lot to celebrate this month if you are an educator or a part of a team.
Educators will be happy to know that May 4th is National Teacher Appreciation day. Teachers play such an important role in society, in our communities, and in our personal lives. There have been efforts to recognize and thank educators all throughout history, but the first efforts for an organized, nation-wide recognition were initiated in 1953 by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt – who was a teacher and advocate for education herself. Although her lobbying of Congress did increase efforts to appreciate teachers more intentionally across the country, it wasn’t until 1984 that National Teacher Appreciation Day officially got added to the calendar. Now, we take the first Tuesday in May each year to remind teachers how much they are appreciated and how much of an impact their work has on their students and their communities.
People who are a part of teams, especially teams who spend a lot of time working together and are high functioning – may start to feel like their coworkers are family. Encouraging this sense of family can help individuals increase their commitment to their team as well as the enjoyment they get from their work. With the concept of a family being so important in society, the United Nations named May 15th International Day of Families in 1993. This holiday is intended to highlight the social and cultural significance of family units globally, as well as recognize that families look and function differently in different cultures and communities. Family can be who you share genetics with; who you live with and spend time around; who you work with. For many of us, family can be defined in several ways and include multiple groups of people – including the teams that we find ourselves on.
Whether you’re celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Day in your classroom, International Day of Families in your home or office, or any of the other special days that May has to offer, make sure you take the time this month to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate all the important people in your life.
Are you looking for a way to form intentional connections with the people in your life? Do you want to learn how to work better with the people on your team? Contact us today to learn more about our program series, “Understanding the ME in TEAM”.
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