2016-november-salvation-army-megan-torok-large-scissors_500wWhatever “it” is, these scissors look like they can cut through any material. These gigantic cutters (wielded elegantly by Megan Torok) were put to work in cutting the red ribbon at the November 17th celebration of the dramatic new expansion of the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light facility in downtown Cleveland.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies like these are joyous. They also typically follow a predictable formula: emotional speeches, heartfelt thanks, recognition of those who helped make it possible, conversational and culinary hospitality – and the cutting of the ribbon.

The act of cutting through the giant ribbon is always a bit awkward – seriously, do any of us practice how to handle a 3-foot long, 10-pound pair of scissors? But we live a world full of work that never seems to be complete (because everything can and will be revised) and a ‘flexible’ work week that stretches to include early mornings, late evenings and the ‘occasional’ weekend hours  – so maybe we don’t give others or ourselves enough practice in cutting the ribbon and recognizing success.

So, now more than ever it’s important to recognize milestones, be comfortable when cutting gigantic literal or figurative ribbons with literal or figurative gigantic scissors – and emphatically say, “We did it.”

That doesn’t mean you’re done, of course. Smart people like Salvation Army’s Executive Director Beau Hill know the real work begins after the ribbon is cut. But with no celebration there is no closure, no community, no cutting through the routine.

So,

  1. Work
  2. Celebrate
  3. Cut the ribbon.

Repeat – often.

And if you’d like to schedule a practice ribbon-cutting session with Megan, shoot her a note. Since the Salvation Army in Cleveland is slated to open three other new facilities in the next several weeks, this group is bound to get very good at cutting ribbons – and celebrating.