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Celebration

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Emcee Kathy Blume climaxes the Celebrate Charlotte’s Future party at The Old Lantern by serving up a special “birthday” cake.

TRANSITION IS MORE THAN serious preparation for a rapidly changing world. Transition is also a way of recovering some of the lost joys of community living, of getting to know and work with our neighbors, of entertaining ourselves with local talents and resources, of flowing with the rhythms of the seasons, of reviving traditional skills and pastimes, of having fun at community gatherings, of bringing nature into our backyards, and of helping our town our town grow into an interesting, rewarding place to spend our lives.

From The Transition Companion, by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement:

“Being in such a fevered rush to create a powered-down world can mean that we never pause to celebrate our achievements, even the seemingly minor ones. This can lead to the whole process starting to lose its spark, and end up feeling burdensome and exhausting.”

According to John Croft, a community-led change specialist, successful approaches have four stages:

      1. Dreaming or visioning
      2. Planning
      3. Doing
      4. Celebrating

“Celebrating can make a big difference to the success of Transition initiatives and can take different forms. It might be as simple as people from your initiative going out to lunch together, or sharing a meal one evening. It can take the form of bigger events to celebrate key points in the evolution of your initiative, such as an Unleashing, or an anniversary of your first event.

“These things can be celebrated in a variety of ways: singing, dancing, making things…a wide range of possibilities for celebrating where you have come from, what you have done, and where you are going….”