I was listening to a program earlier today that discussed celebrations in life. How we go through this long exhaustive journey working diligently to get to our goal. Once it is reached we jump for joy, but only momentarily. The excitement of the reached goal dwindles and then we are on to the next goal, emphatically trudging through the muck and the mire, again for a moment of joy before beginning again. It seems an endless miserable cycle that we put ourselves through. Work, work, work, joy, work, work, work, joy.
I don’t think that is what we are meant for, to live a miserable existence for a few fleeting moments of joy. I believe we are meant to enjoy our lives here on this beautiful planet. Once my journey is over I believe I will go to a much more glorious place than here, but right now I should be loving my life.
This does not mean I believe in some sort of “Pollyanna” type existence where all is love and peace and there are kittens and rainbows and unicorns all the time. I realize there are difficulties and hardships. We lose our loved ones to illness and accidents. We have disagreements with our spouses and children. We say things we regret. We have financial hardships, lost jobs and overdue bills. But that doesn’t mean we should walk around being depressed all the time, singing our “woe is me” tune. I think it quite the opposite.
Celebrate the victories no matter how small. Whether or not you were offered the job during your recent job interview, celebrate the fact that you were called for an interview, there were probably 100 people who weren’t. If you have been behind on your bills because of a financial difficulty be excited when you get one caught up instead of dwelling on how many more you have to go. Did you open your eyes today and take a breath of air? Great! Be excited that you are still here, you have another day of opportunities for joy to come your way.
How can I say this? Because I have lived it and continue to do so. I used to live in my pit of misery. Feeling sorry for myself because of the hardships and misfortune I had. I am not saying that I never find myself there anymore, because I do. But I no longer live there.
I simply celebrate the small victories in my life. The smile of my husband’s face after he has worked diligently to cook another excellent meal (he is definitely the chef of the family) and everyone exclaims how good it was. Bonding with my daughter over silly photos we are taking together. Excited that my son stopped by for an unexpected visit. These joys no matter how small are what I celebrate.
I have a dear friend who’s motto is “Choose Joy.” And I leave you with that in mind today, choose joy and simply celebrate. Many blessings!