This post is part of The Declaration of You! Blog Lovin’ tour, which I’m participating in along with over 100 other creative bloggers. During the next several weeks, I’ll be posting on various topics that addressed in The Declaration of You!, and I’m so very excited to be a part of this larger community. This week’s theme is “Celebration”.
Oh man do I love a good celebration! I think maybe it’s because there weren’t a whole lot of “big” celebrations when I was a kid (see last week’s post about money). Whatever the root cause, I’m a sucker for a celebration. Sometimes I think I really should have concentrated more on cheerleading after middle school.
I’m pretty big on celebrating the milestones. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, births, all As on the report card, new jobs, new boyfriends, last rounds of chemo…I’m your girl. I love to plan those events, and I love being surrounded by the energy of all that joy and exuberance.
I’ve come to realize, though, that the smaller moments of celebration are equally as important. Making it through a rough day? Let’s raise the martini glass! Finished planting that front flower bed? Head to the beach! Honor your boundaries and leave work on time? Call a friend to revel in it. The dog didn’t eat the cat while you were out? *happy booty shake* Sweet Husband has all of his grad school work done? Ticklefest!
It’s those smaller moments of celebration that sustain me until the bigger ones get here. It might be awhile before we have a Conestoga worthy event, but I can bust out the red wine because I made it to Thursday.
I think that celebration is tied closely to thanksgiving and gratitude. When I am taking stock of all the incredible things in my life, its hard to not celebrate how wonderful I have it. When I sit on the front porch in the mornings and watch the bees go from flower to flower, it is an amazing thing. When you add in sips the excellent coffee that came from my kitchen while the bees are dancing in and out of the blooms, it is hard not to break into a smile that shows life is good. Even when it’s hard. Life is so very, very good!
I started keeping a “Good Things Box” this year. It’s a bamboo recipe box (because I didn’t want to use a jar; I wanted something a little different) that holds scraps of paper and a sharpie. When those things that are cause for celebration happen, I write them down and tuck them away inside the box. Recently, because the Good Things Box is often a week or two behind, I read through everything that was in the box because I couldn’t remember if I’d written down “Go-Karts with Sarah”, and I wanted to shriek all over again with joy because there are so many moments that are worthy of notice and of CELEBRATION! It’s kind of over-whelming, really, when it’s all laid out before you: all the moments of craziness and joy and love that fill a life that can easily be overlooked if you’re not careful.
Celebration, like gratitude, honors those things that are incredible in our lives, and I think that like gratitude, the more we do it (celebrate or express gratitude, take your pick) the more we have it…and there are times when I need as much celebration as possible.
How do you celebrate? And what do you celebrate? And if you need some help, remember…I love to celebrate! I’m your girl; come stand by me and I’ll teach to *happy booty shake* at the least provocation.
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