[box options]I was asked to answer the question “What do I need to celebrate?” for The Celebration Series blog crawl project put together by Annika Martins. I’m one of 10 writers Annika asked to blog about making space in our lives for celebrating. See what the other bloggers has to say and get info on how you can join in at The Celebration Series.[/box]
What do you see when you think of the word ‘celebrate’?
Balloons and colors, cakes and candies, elaborate decorations planned out to the hilt?
Anniversaries. Birthdays. Christmas. Thanksgiving.
Maybe you even see a Seinfeld classic: a good old fashioned “Festivus for the rest of us?”
Many celebrations come only once a year, some only once in a lifetime. Rare occasions strung together over the course of a year culminating in a handful of good-time gatherings.
Is that enough for you?
Celebrate for Others
We’re creatives and as such we must not only celebrate, but we must celebrate often.
Celebrating makes us come alive. Life begets life. Always.
By cherishing and relishing in the sweet, simple pleasures of life, we invite others to come alive, to feel, to enjoy, to slow down and enjoy.
The joy of bringing life to others is the ultimate in creative fulfillment. What better way to bring life than daily celebrations.
Celebrate for You
Make it a daily practice to celebrate.
“But I don’t have the time,” you may say.
That’s exactly the reason you need to celebrate.
(Aside: I firmly believe that’s what candy is for: it’s a mini-celebration. A party in my mouth.)
So to answer Annika’s question: what do I need to celebrate…
- the end of the work day.
- the beginning of a work day.
- the baking of a loaf of bread, a great meal made, a great meal eaten.
- an accomplishment.
- learning from a failed attempt.
Celebrating daily and celebrating often, not just the once-a-year-usuals, feeds our creativity and invites others to join in the journey as well.
You’ll be glad you did.