Byron's Babbles

Belonging

Posted in Belonging, Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development, Memories, Tradition by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on December 24, 2022

‘Belonging’ is something I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. And, tradition has a lot to do with belonging. In fact this past week the WD-40 Company posted on LinkedIn: “92% of tribe members recently shared that as a part of WD-40 Company, they strongly experience a sense of belonging. Now that’s something to be proud of! Want to join us? Visit our careers page today!” I commented, “Belonging is such an important part of a community. Thanks, WD-40 Company, for being a great role model and example of this for all of us!” Then this morning, Christmas Eve, my son Heath, reminded me how important traditions are to belonging. Today is also Heath’s birthday and he wanted to make sure we went out and fed the cattle together because we always do that together on his birthday. He had also secured some Florida Ruby Red grapefruit because we always have them on Christmas Eve and Christmas mornings.

Having Heath reminding me of those traditions brought about great feelings of belonging. Traditions provide a sense of stability and help us connect with our roots. “Tradiare”, a Latin word meaning “to hand over, to transmit” is where tradition gets its roots. It is a practice or ritual that is passed down from generation to generation. Those traditions then become memories. So keep building belonging, traditions, and memories.

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  1. Jacqueline Smith said, on January 2, 2023 at 8:37 am

    I love this Byron. When you don’t have this in a work culture, it damages productivity and makes for a dismal work environment. Lack of belonging makes for a culture of isolation and suspicion. Sharing you morning with your son over ruby red grapefruit is a cool thing. Thanks for sharing. Jackie

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