Celebrate

Castle 10

Speak your truth; breathe in deep and gulp the most delicious breath ever; Hop with delight into the next place on your path; Be courage: courage to enjoy the moment, what comes next, speaking your truth, pledging your love, believing when there is no logical reason to believe and believing anyway; celebrate and feel gratitude for everything, everyone and every experience in your life.

I am reminded of an intuitive session I had with a friend a while back.  I think it was our first time together.  I was nervous.  I didn’t know what to expect and I wanted her to like me.  I took in every word she said as if it was the most delicious drop of water and I had been wandering the desert for years.  We spoke about many topics in that session.  The conversation that made the MOST impact on me was when she helped me see I did not celebrate much in my life.  I tried to point out I did celebrate things.  The truth…Big things, yes, I celebrated those (birthdays, reaching goals)…but I was VERY harsh or hard on myself.  I didn’t celebrate what I perceived were the little things.  That one spark of information stays with me as a great reminder even now almost 15 years later.  And yet, I had an AHA moment with it only moments ago. 

Celebrating the little things for me is no different than showing and feeling gratitude.  Celebrate & Gratitude are words, yet it is really the feeling I put behind the words which makes them  similar. And as I write and re-read, I realize things are just things? What determines if they are big or little? I do!  I determine this definition.  For example, Should I celebrate that my shorts were bigger on me before my vacation or should I judge that I have not reached my complete goal of having a smaller body and not celebrate?  I chose to  celebrate. And I realize the depth of my gratitude is the same for every breath I take as it is for reaching a portion of any goal I’ve set.  Without the breath, I wouldn’t be here to complete the goal.  Okay I’m starting to sound like a fortune cookie as my husband sometimes tells me. 

Just consider how you might feel if you were grateful for everyone, everything and every experience in your life.  Here are a few of mine from today. Let’s see, I am grateful my son was excited to go to After School today and I am grateful the teachers were full of smiles this morning.  I am grateful for the heat in my car as it was pretty chilly this morning and I am grateful I can feel the chill. I am grateful for the rough moment I had with my hubby before our vacation and how we worked through it in a new way. And as I write this I received a text from my sister’s boyfriend wishing me and my family a wonderful new year. I am grateful  for him coming into our lives with his family and how happy my sister is with him. As I feel this, tears form in my eyes and my heart feels full.  Yes, that is joy.  Fill your heart with joy everyday as we leave 2013 and look towards 2014.

So as I say goodbye to 2013.  I am grateful for its rollercoaster ride.  I am grateful for so many wonderful experiences and so many goals I reached (big and small).  I am grateful for the discord or disharmony too as those feelings and experiences also brought me to where I am today. I am celebrating!!

What are you grateful for? Are you celebrating?

 Happy New Year, Lovingly Lotus