Celebrations, regardless of size or reason, enhance our quality of life. Allow that to sink in. One of the things I try to focus on is not putting the pressure on myself to make things picture perfect or Pinterest-perfect. When we step back from an opportunity to celebrate because we think it won’t be big enough or won’t be as good as when our neighbor does it, we rob ourselves of that chance to enhance our quality of life. When we limit the reasons we celebrate to birthdays and national holidays, we are missing out on sooo much!
The more we work even small celebrations into the mix, the more we love life! Hear me out. It is so good for our mental and physical health to see a celebration coming up on our calendar. Having something to look forward to has a way of putting a spring in our step; a way of brightening our smile and lifting our spirits. Whether the celebration is with your close knit friends and family, coworkers, or small group from church - the event strengthens our sense of belonging and makes us feel a connection to those loved ones.
The connection goes both ways! Tell me you don’t get butterflies when your daughter invites you to a tea party with her stuffed animals or your son asks you to play dinosaurs! Though a small occasion, it feels good to be invited! When we find reasons to celebrate with those important to us, it really strengthens those bonds and ties between us.
Celebrations, regardless of size or reason, enhance our quality of life. This week I want to encourage you to find even the smallest reasons to celebrate and schedule them on your calendar. Take time to notice how you feel when you see that event approaching. When the occasion arrives, be present in that moment and connect with those around you. Enjoy that charge you feel, that happiness, and hold onto it as long as you can! May it help fuel your smile and your soul until your next scheduled celebration!
Hang in there!!