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Day 30: Celebrate

Level 18

As a word-of-the-day writing prompt, "Celebrate" was both the obvious choice and the contrarian angle.

Contrarian because it's been a hard year for many of us. Your essays for previous days were sprinkled with hints of unwelcome challenges, unexpected hardships, and ongoing struggles. Many of us feel the loss of heroes, whether they were public figures or family friends. For some, the economy - national, personal, or both - continues to be a source of frustration. And regardless of your political leanings, everyone found something to be dissatisfied with in the past 12 months.

Taken in that light, it is deceptively easy to fall into the scrooge-like trap of believing there is little to celebrate here at the waning threshold of 2016.


It's Friday. It's the Friday before New Year's Eve. And for many of us the Friday before a long weekend. In fact, many of you who are reading this may have already started your weekend. Or are even using up the last day or two of vacation for the year.

Some are observing the 6th day (and beginning at sundown, 7th) of Chanukah. And some are also welcoming 25 hours of rest and renewal in the form of the Shabbat hiatus. Some count today as the 5th day of Kwanzaa. Some even refuse to permit the spirit of Christmas get away so easy, keeping the tinsel and decorations up and the holiday music playing.

Some of us are lucky enough to be welcoming new friends or family into our lives - whether significant others we hadn't yet met, fiances who have foolishly committed to joining the insanity of our familial circle, or new arrivals either born, adopted, or simply integrated into our daily lives.

Anyone who knows me understands that I am an optimist (albeit sometimes a sarcastic one) and so it's no secret which side my celebratory coin will fall on.

So as I fully embrace the spirit of celebration that comes with the possibility of all good things around us, I want to acknowledge a few things I am personally celebrating today:

I'm celebrating, lauding, and thanking the incredible team that I get to be a part of. From the other Geeks to the THWACK ninjas, to the insanely talented engineers and product managers, to the folks working behind the scenes, I feel like I'm the luckiest guy on earth working in my dream job.

I'm also celebrating the fact that I was given permission in the form of time and resources to create and participate in this month-long challenge. I was given a chance to push myself as a writer as well as an organizer, and I learned a lot in the process.

But most of all, I'm celebrating YOU - the incredible THWACK community. Through these essays, I got to know everyone who was generous (and brave) enough to share of themselves. While I will run the numbers later on, there were hundreds of responses and each one gave us insight into how the THWACK community feels, thinks, and acts. You don't find this kind of conversation in most forums, and I am honored to be a part of this one.

Thank you all - not just for being part of this challenge, but also for all of the support, friendship, ideas, and participation here on THWACK in 2016. I am looking forward to celebrating many more milestones in the future.

Level 10


Level 11

Thank you so much adatole for this opportunity because it has really challenged me to think more and improve on my writing. I am celebrating that we have come to the end of this mission with a smile on my face as I have to come to know(virtually) a bit of what some Thwack community members do and their personality. I am celebrating the fact that I looked forward to a new article in this forum everyday since the beginning of this month. Thanks to all who shared their ideas and experiences because I learned from them and thanks to all the other people who posted the original article for the word-of-the-day. It is not an easy thing to take a word that could mean many things to many people and make it look relatable to all.

Just the word "celebrate" brings a smile to my face, because it has to do with recognizing what has been done, reflecting on it and making a decision to be happy with the outcome. That's why I celebrate. celebrate.jpg

Level 11

Many think to celebrate has to be a big to-do.  On the contrary I think it is important to celebrate small but important achievements especially when they go unnoticed by many.  When one of my kids goes out of there way to clean up without being asked or volunteers to do something when you know they don't like it, I try to take notice, give them a hug and say thanks.  It often goes a  long way and ensures they will probably do it again. 

For everyone , Happy New Year.  Celebrate safely and hopefully we will hear from you next year!

Level 9


Level 12

celebrate even the little things.


celebrate the good bits to help compensate for the bad

Celebrate the arrival of 2017 and good riddance to 2016

Level 9

Christmas is a time we all come together to celebrate the birth of christ! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Level 9

Everyone is in a celebration mood because in a few hours from now we will be entering the new year 2017. I would like to wish everyone a very prosperous New Year. 2016 was great and by the Grace of God 2017 will be greater.

Happy Celebration!!!

Level 9

I'm celebrating the end of 2016 and looking forward to a productive 2017. I'm celebrating that I made it through the holiday season without gaining weight, even after I discovered stollen (maybe I should hold off on that statement lest I jinx myself for new years!) I'm celebrating that every member of my large family was able to get together this year.

Level 15

I'm celebrating the happiness of friends and family. It was a little bumpy all around, but we made it through another revolution on this big rock!

Level 11

Fun word to end with!

Very fitting for me this weekend as are celebrating my sister's wedding!! Very excited and proud older brother!

Level 14

Celebrate diversity

Both Left and Right,

Regardless of skin

Dark or light.

Different religions

Straight, LGBT or Q,

I will shake your hand

And stand beside you.

For I am a little weird

Normal is not me,

Accept who I am

And I’ll accept thee.

And here we come to the end of our journey. Personally, I have surprised myself by my responses, and been impressed by the responses, as well as the initial postings, of other Thwacksters. This mission has proven that we are all deeper than just IT Geeks.

For that we should celebrate! Celebrate our diversity, our nuances, our unique perspectives, and the amazing contributions not only what was submitted to for this exercise, but to Thwack in general. Thwack in this day in age is a wonderful sociological study. Rarely do you find an online forum of such volume and activity, that covers such a wide array of topics, maintain such a high level of positivity and decorum. Let alone the highest levels of interaction with the admin s and SolarWinds crew***!!! Thwack is the unicorn! For all this I celebrate. I celebrate my success as an IT professional. My continuous enjoyment on the Thwack site. And whatever attempts I can to help out my peers.

Happy New Year & Celebrate everyone! Everything is Awesome!

*** I am on other vendor online community sites and I beg and plead with the admins to visit Thwack so they can see for themselves how an amazing online community is run. No luck. 😞

Level 12

celebrate very new joy

Level 10

I will Celebrate and Sing unto the Lord. I will celebrate the life i have been given to see this new Year.

Let's celebrate those who have achieved great things in 2016.

Celebrate:  Verb:  acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.

That definition includes the idea of doing this publicly or obviously.  I don't think that's necessary.  We can celebrate privately and personally--even in our minds, quietly.

Which makes me think that "celebrate" can mean, to me, remembering and honoring someone or something.  The smile of a long-gone but dear friend.  An accomplishment, like seeing another anniversary of a New Year's Day resolution successfully followed (36 years ago, today, I decided to avoid drinking alcohol, and I chose to call it a "resolution").  

As I remember people who died this past year, I celebrate their lives and their impact on my life; quietly, with a tear or with a smile, feeling the loss in my chest.

In Memoriam - A Tribute to the people from film & TV we lost in 2016 - YouTube

It wasn't all loss.  Some good things happened in 2016, including

  • Some great music ([OFFICIAL VIDEO] Hallelujah - Pentatonix - YouTube )
  • The Cubs won a World Series
  • Gambia removed a Dictator
  • Myanmar is no longer ruled by a military
  • India planted 50 million new trees--in one day!
  • Norway banned deforestation
  • The Paris agreement to limit global warming is now international law
  • The U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in ten years.  Thanks, all who made that happen!
  • Teen pregnancy has decreased in the U.S.
  • A new HIV vaccine has been developed, Measles is gone from the Americas, a new Ebola Vaccine has proved 100% effective
  • 300 African communities have pledged to stop mutilating women
  • Pandas are no longer endangered, and the tiger population is increasing
  • Scientists have found an Earth-like planet 4.2 light years away
  • Some movies were beautiful, or impressive, or hopeful:  La la Land, Moonlight, Passengers, Dead Pool, Rogue One, to name only a few.
  • Disney hired people from many cultures to help make Moana empowering and positive
  • Performances by Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky in the Olympics

Rather than saying about 2016 that "the glass is half empty" or "the glass is too large", I'll let you be pessimistic or optimistic. As for me, well, the link is obvious:

Kool & The Gang - Celebration - YouTube

Level 21

One thing that my manager always talks about is the importance of celebrating our victories.  When we accomplish a project or achieve some significant milestone at work we often just move on to the next but it's important to celebrate those victories as it gives us the fuel to move on and tackle the next with more vigor.

Things to celebrate this year:

  1. My mother-in-law turned 90 and we had a big party for her.
  2. Got to visit my father in his new home in NJ for a week. After he got out of the hospital, he was in a comma for 10 days with acute respiratory distress syndrome. He is thriving now.
  3. A friend of our became an American citizen and we got to celebrate with him and attend his ceremony.
  4. 25 years with my wife Linda.....
  5. The birth of our our latest Grand Niece to our nice and god-daughter just a couple of weeks ago.
  6. Having pulled off our first dinner party in 3 years. For a current prime minister and his family at our home.
  7. My wife's surgeries went well and she has the use of both of her hands again, without all the pain.

I am sure there is more I can think of but I'll stop here.

Level 11

Good bye 2016 Lets CELEBRATE 2017 safely.

Level 10

Let us celebrate the new year 2017.

Hoping to have many celebrations in 2017.

Level 12

Celebrate with me this New Year as We have all been ushered into 2017.

Let us celebrate what the Lord has done in our lives this past year 2016 and other years since we were born.

Celebrate Life Always.

Celebrate life

Really all things that are bad in this world: hatred, murder, greed etc comes as a result of not celebrating life.   You will not hurt someone you value.  You will not steal from them or any of the other thousand bad things we can do, if you value them.

Celebrate life.

Level 12

New year. New obstacles to come. New goals to complete. New triumphs to be had. New success stories to write.

I know its late, i was out of the office on the new years holiday before the 30th was posted.  I did however celebrate the new year with family and look forward to celebrating the new year with lots of fun Thwack-a-licious items as the year goes on.  

Level 13

Thanks for another thoughtful and thought provoking post Leon.  Celebrate the past year, make sure to extract the lessons welearned (we all did learn something didn't we?) and use those to build on this year to make 2017 our best year ever. 

Level 12

Celebrate your wins, and cherish your losses as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

Remember that you're not the only one celebrating. My daughter wanted Chanukah to go far longer than the 8 days that it was.

So yes, celebrate your successes, but also be aware of and celebrate successes of others and share their joy as well.


It was nice to celebrate the new year with friends and family.  I hope everyone had a good 2016 and will have an even better 2017!

Level 10

It's good to remember... glass is not half's refillable!

I hope everyone had a good New Years celebration!

This was a good exercise for writing, and for sharing. It has been interesting to read the different view points, and opinions people have, and the shared commonalities.The Thwack community is a very giving community.

I can't wait to read all the future posts in 2017.

wishing everyone a happy new year! 

Level 9

Celebrate everyday for the life that you have and the joy that continues to come. Hope that 2017 brings even more surprises and accomplishments to all!