How happy and excited are you when you celebrate something? You celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays — all kinds of personal and special occasions. You give a card or gift, call the person, throw a party, go to lunch or dinner and surprise someone with your love. Those emotions, ceremonies, giving and feelings of love are all gratitude.
Any birthday with a “0” in it, is a big event for me. I ponder my past and formulate my future, as I am turning 60 years old this month. It struck me that I was not really noticing and enjoying my present life, my today. A friend of mine texted me, “Congratulations on (whatever it was)! What are you doing to celebrate?” That stopped me dead in my tracks. I forgot to celebrate. To me, first and foremost a celebration of myself. It means taking time to recognize and acknowledge what I’ve done. It is an act of self-love.
I have not always thought this way. I used to live a world full of achievement without acknowledgement. I didn’t think taking time to celebrate my accomplishments was necessary. After all, I knew what I had done. So I asked myself, If I want the process of creating and making and doing to feel energizing and inspiring — What do I need? By not celebrating, I realized I was missing out on rewarding myself for my hard work. Continue reading Power of Celebration
I believe that each of us has a definite purpose in our lives. Some may call it ‘career’, some say ‘vocation’, others call it following your ‘calling’ – doing something that you’re perfectly naturally suited to do and fulfilling your life purpose in being here. Some people find their way easily and naturally early in their lives and live a passionate life on purpose. Others find their way and make changes years later, or in mid- life. Yet the majority struggle and never figure it all out. With purpose clearly in mind, we are able to confront life’s challenges and move past them, knowing that we have something important to return to. This keeps us centered and strong.
Without vision and purpose in life our daily activities seem meaningless. Our lives become merely an endless succession of challenges to face and they become routine and uninspiring. We may have good intentions but the monotony of the day-to-day, the responsibilities and the “busy-ness” can leave us just trying to survive, much less giving us any margin to thrive. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into years and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves living but not being truly alive.
The good news though is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading Live a Passionate Life on Purpose