cel·e·brate :: verb :: to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday, etc.
That’s a little more high-falutin than what I have in mind but it catches the essence of my word for 2016. After I wrote the post introducing our December theme, the idea of ‘celebrate’ stayed with me. Pretty soon I was thinking that I should ‘celebrate the moment’ all year long, not just in December. So that is my word, or phrase, really, I guess, for 2016.
Now, I should tell you that my record with a word each year is pretty dismal, not much better than the whole resolution thing. But this one, celebrate – is different. It really is something I think about each day, it propels me to look for things to celebrate in my ordinary, everyday life. It has also led me to see that celebrating the moments in my life is a form of gratitude. And I firmly believe that gratitude is the key to a happier, healthier life.
So what kind of things do I celebrate? I thought you’d never ask!
In my neck of the woods, the sunny days in January can be few and far between so anytime there’s enough sunshine to shoot indoors in natural light, I follow it with my camera.
I celebrated the first fire of this winter …
Celebrating the moment(s) each day has given me joy I couldn’t imagine, my camera, and sometimes just my iPhone, are my new best friends. Looking for the joy, the beauty, the specialness in my ordinary moments has awakened a new awareness of how blessed I am, how much I have to be thankful for, which brings us right back to the gratitude thing.
How about you? Have you tried celebrating the moments in your perfectly ordinary days? I hope you will – it could be a life changer.