In a Facebook group I belong to, Fridays are days for celebration. Today I found an old blog post about celebrating. I first shared it on November 12, 2014, on my former blog. It has been updated, but all the links shared here are still live and available to read. There was a linkup by Marvia Davidson called Real Talk, and the topic that week was Celebration. Marvia believes there is nothing too small to celebrate, and I tend to agree.
We so often think something has to be really big for us to celebrate – a holiday, birthday, or some other milestone reached. Where did we get that idea?
WHY CAN’T WE JUST CELEBRATE LIFE?
This is my favorite reason to feast – nothing. No reason at all. I am prone to making elaborate dishes on a whim to savor just for the sake of savoring them.” Then she says, “You are alive. Celebrate!
In other words she’s asking why we need a reason other than that we are alive. She also realizes that it’s not always that easy. Most of the time we go from one thing to another missing the “right now” of our lives.
We often just live for each event, counting down the days or we pine for things past wishing we could bring them back. Neither of these are healthy for us. I’m not saying we can’t look forward to things or reminisce about past events. There is a place for that.
What I am saying is that we so often miss little every day things in our habits of rushing through life to get to the next thing. We can miss the beauty of the ordinary, everyday things around us.
WHY DO WE NEED A REASON TO CELEBRATE?
It looked easy and delicious, and I wanted to try it sometime. Then I read Suzanne’s post about feasting and celebrating, so I decided I would make it that very night for dessert.
Well, I didn’t get to it then but determined to make it for breakfast the next day. It was a hit! My husband felt like he was sitting down to a feast with his bacon, eggs and coffee and these special biscuits.
What if we chose to slow down and focus on the ordinary things of each day?
What if we woke up each morning with the goal of finding some beauty in our lives?
Maybe we would find ourselves a little more content and realize how much we do have to be thankful for even in the midst of our struggles and our hard things.
What if we chose to celebrate life rather than complain about what we don’t have?
What if we looked at each day as a new door to open with wonder as we search for treasures?
We could search in ordinary and not so ordinary places to see what treasures await. I wonder what shapes, colors, sizes and textures we might find. Maybe we would find many reasons for celebration.
What do you like to celebrate? Please share your thoughts in the comments.