Saturday, July 1, 2006

Celebrations

 

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(More fireworks pics in the album in the right column)

It seems the Spring and early Summer carry the majority of the year’s celebrations.   Beginning with Easter and following almost every two weeks like clockwork, there seems always a reason to celebrate:  Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and now Independence Day – with Flag Day thrown in for good measure.  While some of the dates are fixed in history, perhaps it’s the changing of the seasons and the return to ‘outdoor times’ for much of the nation that provides the timing of some of the major ‘non-official’ holidays.  But regardless of the reason, an opportunity to gather with friends and those we love is still a gift to be cherished and enjoyed to the fullest.

 

But between these scheduled occasions, we should always be on the lookout for smaller, more personal reasons to celebrate – and to take the time to give them the recognition they deserve as well.  A new job, a passed exam, good news from the doctor all deserve to be recognized – if not perhaps with a gathering and a feast, then at least with a toast and a smile or a moment taken to write or call.

 

And then there are the celebrations of a more personal nature – the kind that can pass us by completely if we do not take the time to see and feel and appreciate.  The laughter of children in the park, an unexpected call from an old friend, a beautiful blue sky, a glimpse of a newborn fawn taking its first tentative steps, a remembered moment that touches the heart.  When we are busy, these moments can pass us by in an instant – and we, caught up in the latest crisis or drama or scheduled activity, can continue blissfully and hurriedly on our way, none the wiser.

 

But life is made up of countless such moments – so many more than those celebrations rigidly fixed on the calendar.  And the more of them we allow to pass us by, the poorer our lives become – small bit by small bit.

 

So gather together in these coming days.  Have picnics and share fireworks and squeeze your loved ones tightly to you.  But before - and after – take a moment to slow down every once in awhile.  Don’t just run from the house to the car to the store and back, but smell the freshly mown grass,  hear the individual sounds of chirping birds, delight in the exuberance of youth where you encounter it, look up at the sky.  These are celebrations we all can find – no matter location or circumstance – and each small celebration will ultimately shape who we are and the face we present to the world.  How many times will you celebrate today?

7 comments:

inafrnz247 said...

Beautiful reminders... Thank you!  (GREAT fireworks pics!!)  Michelle

marainey1 said...

I try to celebrate every day !  Each day brings something worth celebrating and I'm thankful for it !  This was such a thoughtful entry - thank you !  
'On Ya' - ma

kaydeejay5449 said...

How right you are!  It is so important to celebrate life at every opportunity so we don't every get to the point where we take it for granted and see it as a ho hum existence!  Happy 4th!
Kathy

my78novata said...

ah I shared many of the BIG and little reasons to celebrate in services this morning. sometimesthe little blessings are almost more touching becuase they area little thing that just made your day and that someone cares is even more toucing about the little things. Oh and tahaks for your info we moved the central air unit to no sun and fixed the boards around it with holes to allow airflow but no dogs inthe unit

bedazzzled1 said...

Perfection, Rob. As usual.

::hug::
Nikki

frankandmary said...

you made me think of many of life's great moments

mutualaide said...

Beautifully written.  Stopped to look at your fireworks album.  Nice, nice shots!  When I reflect back a number of years I see that the girl I used to be, the one who took the time to stop and see and smell and hear, was away for a while as she was busy raising children and caring for a family.  As her family is beginning to move on in to their own lives a bit, she's finding she stops often and enjoys the little things, once again.