When it comes to picking out greeting cards for special occasions I have this little system for picking them out and it’s very simple; if it makes me cry, then it’s right. Unless I find a really funny one that suits the occasion. But for the most part, the only cards I end up giving are to my parents for their birthdays and anniversary, so yeah, I get a bit sentimental.
Last night I went out with my family for my birthday. Mom seems to have the same method for picking out cards. Guess it’s that Hallmark gene we’ve been given. I read it and it was really sweet. It also made me think the words written there were good advice for this week’s theme at Blue Sun.
Celebration is something we don’t do enough of in our society anymore. We go through the motions of sticking to only the base requirements, like the winter holiday rush, or at other times of the year, holidays that have become more obligation than enjoyment.
There was a time when humans celebrated everything. Making it through a winter was cause for celebration. Springtime, the flush of Summer, a good harvest, a child living to see adolescence, even the passing on of the elderly after a long life well lived was reason enough to celebrate.
Our complicated lives in this Age of Information don’t seem to have room for that anymore. Everything is go-go-go. No time to stop or else it’ll all fall apart.
Not true. The more you GO the more you end up missing.
So, as inspired by my birthday card, here are a few tips for remembering how to celebrate life.
Seek Joy. Joy is everywhere. Joy doesn’t have to be in big, huge moments of accomplishment. It can be found in small, unsuspecting moments when you least expect it. Once you start looking for it, you’ll see it. Everywhere.
Be Curious. Take risks. Risks are the spice of life. Risk will lead you down paths you never thought possible. This doesn’t mean being foolish. By all means, be smart about the kinds of risks you take, but don’t avoid them.
Create Peace. “Remember what matters. Forget what doesn’t. Let drama go it’s merry way without you.”
Live Large. You don’t have to be wealthy to live large. You don’t need a lot of toys or take fancy trips. Living large is all about embracing life and living it to the fullest. Experience as much as you can, as often as you can. Everything you do, from waking up to greet each day to making dinner for your family is sacred. Enjoy it and give your all with all you do.
Feel Loved. This starts and ends with yourself. Friends, and even family may come and go, but you will always have you. Love yourself, with all your merits and flaws. These are the things that make you unique and what people like about you. This will infuse everything you do and people will feel it. Sure, it’s a lot more work than being crabby and negative all the time, but the results are worth it.
Now, go out there, enjoy the summer and celebrate something.