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Celebrating Life!

I love celebrations; don’t you?

I love the planning, the decorating, the cooking, and the gathering of family and friends that celebrations provide. I deeply value holiday traditions and personal milestones in other’s lives as well as my own. I believe this is what makes life richer and keeps relationships close. Celebrating special occasions of any kind, remind us of what is truly important.

Thankfully I grew up in a family that always celebrated birthdays, holidays, and special occasions; but I’ve known some people who don’t know what this is like. While I can’t relate, it reminds me how lucky I am to have family and friends who celebrate the milestones in my life and whom I can celebrate in theirs. We all need people to celebrate our lives with, as this makes life more joyful, meaningful and special.

 Celebrating other’s accomplishments, milestones, or special occasions is a privilege and honor that is filled with excitement and fun. It allows everyone to bask in positive emotions that uplift even the sullen of hearts. When we take part in celebrating with family or friends, we are sharing in their joy; acknowledging their uniqueness, while displaying one of life’s greatest gifts… love.

Taking time to celebrate with loved ones, friends, strangers and co-workers fosters greater relationships for everyone present. It brings people together and allows us to “let our hair down” and relax so that we can truly be ourselves. When we’re in this state of being, we are more open and receptive to the unexpected, making our vibrational frequency higher; this results in greater manifestation of our hearts desires. It is no accident why many single people find their soul mates at weddings, parties, or other social occasions. Nor is it by accident that many business opportunities occur while casually networking at celebrations. Perhaps this is why many companies hold employee picnics, office parties and retreats.

Regardless of the reason for celebrating, take a moment to breathe it all in. Savor all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of others. Give thanks for this precious time on earth and appreciate all the gifts you have been given. Cherish those around you with kindness and acceptance. Wouldn’t that be something to celebrate!

Thank You!

How could two little words mean so much yet be so simple? I think it’s the message behind them that counts because it convey’s deep appreciation, gratitude and love that acknowledges both parties involved. While this little phrase may seem overused, the practice of it never goes out of style because we all crave recognition for our good deeds in some way. There is nothing wrong with desiring validation for a job well done; however, the challenge comes when we seek this from outside sources (people, work, etc) because then we are giving others power over us and this is can be disastrous to our self-esteem in many ways.

Looking for praise from other people is a set up for resentment. This affects our attitude and behavior, teetering on the side of manipulation sometimes in order to gain approval from others. What if we could acknowledge ourselves? When was the last time you praised yourself? Often we focus on others to avoid looking at ourselves; even when its about acknowledging something positive within ourselves. Can you relate? Why is this?

To counteract this negative habit, I’ve instituted the practice of listing my accomplishments daily in a journal. This single activity forces me to look at all the things that I complete, do well, and achieve. Writing this out stares my monkey mind squarely in the face, and defies the illogical crazies. Try it today and say Thank You to yourself !

 

Where has God shown up for you today?

For me, God showed up today in the form of physical energy and a fully functioning mind; thanks for ADD medication. God also showed up with providing me safe travel in my car as well as money for food shopping, forgiveness, and better communication with my husband. The bounty of Spirit is all around us and when we remember that God is the Source and Supply of ALL our GOOD, life becomes simpler and more beautiful.

As you reflect on your day, notice what went right.  Where there any miracles that occurred today? What situations appeared to handle themselves? These subtle changes and happenings are easy to miss amidst the hassle and bustle of everyday life and although they can be explained away as “coincidences”, by some, or dismissed altogether, the hand of God is all around us. A change of heart, a near accident, a positive outcome, generosity, strength and courage amidst a crisis, or unexpected surprises are just some of the ways God works in our lives each and every day.

Some events are meant to get our attention, while some are the result of our own choosing. The power of choice or “free-will” is a personal right to each human being on the planet. However, there are always consequences for our actions and what we put out in the world, can come back to haunt or help us. There are also larger forces at play in our lives that we have no control over. Some of these forces are the result of others’ choices, and some are natural like the weather or health. Recognizing a power greater than ourselves, that I choose to call God, and the hand that this force plays in ours lives, is an act of gratitude and humility that opens the way for more good to come into our lives.

So, just for today, I encourage you to consciously choose to notice all the abundance, prosperity, good health, love, friendship, support, and blessings that have been bestowed upon you. These are all examples of how God has shown up in your life; the choice is, will you notice them?