Celebration and Appreciation
This week’s reflection is after a brief hiatus while I was off getting married in St. Louis!
This fun-filled weekend brought with it many emotions, but most of all was love. Not just the love between me and my new husband, but the love between us and each and every friend and family member who came together to celebrate our special milestone. In a flurry of conversations, we expressed gratitude, retold stories, shared laughs, and breathed new life into our relationships.
The morning after the wedding, it dawned on me how wonderful, how particularly fulfilling it felt, to share such a joyous celebration of our relationships. A wedding, of course, is perfect occasion to do just that. But celebrating our relationships doesn’t need to be limited to weddings or birthdays or graduations.
What if we brought that spirit of appreciation and celebration into our daily lives?
For many of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the belief that time is at a premium and that there simply is not enough of it. So we slip into the habit of waiting for special occasions to pick up the phone to call and old friend or to tell a family member how much they mean to us.And yet we all know how wonderful it feels when those milestone birthdays or special occasions come around and the people we love show up for us.
Imagine how differently we would feel if we remembered to carve out even just a few moments from time to time to give a small token of our appreciation, whether it's a quick hand written note, a coffee date, or even a text with a sincere compliment.
To bring the spirit of celebration and appreciation into your life this week, try asking yourself the following questions:
Who has touched my life recently, whether by giving their support, sharing in a laugh, or simply offering their friendship?
How can I celebrate a relationship in my life this week in a small but meaningful way?
What would it feel like to tell my loved ones just how much they mean to me?
As always, be gentle with yourself and enjoy the journey inward.
Lots of love,