Last Thursday Thoughts for 2015

celebrate nowIt’s the last day of 2015, and we’re all getting ready to celebrate the new year, right? One night that weighs heavily on our minds — one night!

Why not celebrate every day?

Why do we wait for a specific, artificial, other-dictated time to celebrate our lives? The lives of others? The impact we and they have made? The goodness — the greatness — that’s all around us?

Today, celebrate. Celebrate compassion, caring, concern everywhere you find it.

Celebrate the miracle of having your family, your friends, your community.

Celebrate having enough money, enough warmth, enough shelter, enough food.

Celebrate being healthy! Celebrate that your loved ones are healthy, too!

Celebrate your ability to read this message.

Celebrate that you are connected to the world through the World Wide Web, something that could only have been dreamed about 30 years ago.

Celebrate your friends both near to you and in far-off lands, friends with whom you connect in your mind, heart, and spirit.

Celebrate that you woke on top of the dirt again, that you have a new day dawning in which you can make a difference in your world.

Find small successes, large ones. See them. Touch them. Celebrate them! Every day.

Take stock every day. Looking back over a year is wonderful, but how much more wonderful would it be if you knew EVERY DAY that you were successful?

That you knew EVERY DAY you were giving and receiving love?

That you knew EVERY DAY you were making a difference in your own life and the lives of those you care about?

Let’s recognize our triumphs every day that we’re alive. Really see the sunrises and sunsets. Feel the rain. Splash in the puddles. Laugh at the antics of children. Hear their laughter! Dance like no one’s watching! Laugh more yourself! Let laughter surround you and those you love.

 

I wish you all a wonderful new year, all 365 days of it!