Life should not only be lived, it should be Celebrated.
I once heard a story that impacted the way I thought about things. It was the account of a man whose wife had passed away. Upon opening her dresser drawer he found an item of clothing she had purchased on a trip 9 years previous. She had never worn it because she was saving it for a special occasion. Now that occasion would never come. Relating that experience to a friend he said, “Don’t save something only for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion.” Celebrate each day!
Celebration is the conscious decision to live our lives with joy. In the midst of turmoil, pain, and adversity, in bad times and good, joy is the great companion [God] intended us to have. To feel joy, however, requires a decision on our part—a chosen approach to life, a chosen attitude, a constant awareness. This decision is the necessary beginning to recognizing, feeling, and developing the joy with which [God] has filled our creation.
To live with celebration we must begin with an absolute and personal conviction that we have the ability to change our lives in small, meaningful ways. We must feel that we can learn better patterns of thinking, feeling, and doing that will allow us—wherever we are individually at this moment—to feel better, accomplish more, and rise higher.
The longer we live the more we realize that opportunities come, and then they are gone. We can’t go back and capture what we lost. However, we can go forward and create and celebrate other opportunities that come our way. For me it takes an awareness of developing what Jaroldeen called:
“tiny changes of feelings and methods, knowledge and attitudes, and the will to be and feel in better ways. Happiness is a highly individual and personal experience that will come forth from our own unique needs and feelings and from our own talents and perceptions.”
Live a Happy Life.
Celebrating life is just another way of living a happy life. Adversity is part of life. We should never let adversity stand in the way of seeing the things in life that can be celebrated & embraced with joy. Celebrate life!
This is nothing new. It’s simply the wisdom of ages. The ancient Roman philosopher Horace admonished:
“Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with grateful hand, nor postpone your joys from year to year, so that in whatever place you have been, you may say that you have lived happily.”
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) said:
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.”
I like what motivational speaker and author Denis Waitley said:
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
“A good life is a celebration of happy moments.”
I have a dear friend whose husband passed away (in his 50’s) after a long illness with cancer. I remember vividly one day having a conversation with her after his death. The only thing I really remember about the conversation was that she turned to me and said with conviction: “I’m alive.” She understood the value of life and living. As a result she was determined to go forward and live her life with conviction, even under unexpected and altered circumstances. I have marveled at her tenacity. I have watched her go on doing what she has done since I have known her. She helps others in nearly every circumstance that comes her way. She keeps busy and finds small ways to continue to celebrate life. Her life is full of life.
I had another experience I learned from. Due to some extended health problems & other challenges, each morning I would pray that the Lord would help me get through another day. Then I heard about the prayers of a man I was acquainted with. He was several decades older than I. He was in a wheelchair and completely dependent on others for his daily care. His prayers were: I thank you for blessing me with another day to live.” That humbled me and caused me to look at my circumstances with a different perspective. Celebrate being alive!
Apply it well.
Everything we learn in this life, whether from trials or triumphs, are of great worth. Therefore, our allotted time is of great worth. Celebrate the precious gift of time.
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. there is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.
Oftentimes the best things in life are free. In the complex world in which we live, simpler things are coming to be of great worth. Celebrate simplicity.
J.R.R. Tolkien said:
It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.
Duty makes us do things well; love makes us do them beautifully. Celebrate with love.
Do you overlook the commonplace things that could be amazing sources of joy? The song of a bird. The iridescent glow off the bubbles of our dish soap. The smell of clean laundry. The sounds of our children playing. The incredible blue color of the sky.
The earth is full of the creations of the Lord. He surely celebrated as He placed them here. It was His intention to beautify the earth with every color and variety–so that we could find joy.
For instance, He didn’t just give us berries. He gave us raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, thimble-berries, loganberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, boysenberries, cranberries, dewberries, elderberries…need I go on?
Who could not love the endless variety and beauty of flowers?! It is estimated there are about 400,000 varieties!
Think of rainbows. Imagine sunrises and sunsets. Beautiful trees offer so much to our world. The changing of the seasons brings a unique element of delight every single time it comes around. Celebrate them!
I love colors and patterns and textures. I feel joy when I see paper & fabrics, paint & art supplies, buttons & lace!
God gave us all these things to give us joy. After He created the earth he told Adam and Eve:
Abraham 5:11 Go forth, dress this earth and have joy therein.
That is an admonition to beautify the earth. When we beautify our surroundings it brings joy to ourself and others. Celebrate beauty!
People love to celebrate. Think of all the reasons we love to celebrate. Holidays, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Decorating for those occasions brings the magic of them alive.
Even the smallest and simplest decorations can add a spot of joy. Celebrate occasions!
I read a story about a busy young married couple who finally found a weekend to go on their first camping trip. They were so excited, even though they arrived late, set up their tent and went to bed. The next morning the man got up and went outside the tent with great anticipation. However, after he got out there all he saw was the landscape and their car. All the fun he’d had as a youth camping was missing. It was then that he realized that it had been fun because someone had made it fun, with preparation.
Fun isn’t just something that shows up at our door, or when we arrive. Someone has to generate the fun. Let us be the one to make it. Celebrate!
Life should not only be lived, it should be Celebrated!