“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.
Source: The Wisdom of Heschel” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel
December is a month of celebration – of parties, presents, friends and family. But what about celebrating you? Celebrating all the hurdles you’ve jumped through, all the new things you’ve learned, all your triumphs, big and small.
So often, we think of the outward part of celebrating. But what of your inward journey. What new ways of being have you embraced this year? And it doesn’t have to be big to count. In fact, it’s the small baby steps we take each day that add up to our big giant leap into NEW.
So let’s celebrate YOU. What baby steps have you taken this year?
Can’t think of any? If you keep a journal, flip to December 1st of last year and read about who you were then. Do you recognize that person? What’s changed since then? Think big and small. Have you switched from coffee to tea in the morning? Do you have a new job or a new home? Are there new people in your life or new ways of being? Did you take up an art class or are you actively involved in something new?
Or review your social media posts for the year to catch a glimpse of who you were then and who you are now. By bringing our attention to our triumphs, we live in a state of gratitude and abundance. We know that like attracts like, so the more we celebrate our steps forward, the more we attract similar vibrations into our life.
Here is an exercise to build your celebration muscles so that your body and mind will expect triumphs:
My Year of Big and Small Steps
- On post-it notes write down at least three things to celebrate from this past year. Small stuff counts.
- Place each of your post-its in different rooms of the house so that you are surrounded by your accomplishments. Examples: Place one on your bathroom mirror, another by your phone’s charger, and another on your nightstand. Surround yourself with reminders of all that you have accomplished this year.
- Smile to yourself as you read them at least once each morning and once each night.
Celebration is food for the soul. Be in gratitude for every bit of your forward progress- big steps and small.
Now – take a picture of your post-it notes and share below so we can all celebrate with you! (Here’s mine)