Don't you love when little kids are so proud of themselves? When they put their little fist up in the air and say, “I did it!”
Their exuberance is contagious. If you've ever had a toddler in your life, you know that celebration is key to cooperation. As far as they're concerned, they are the greatest thing on the planet for learning how to poop as it should be. I mean, come on, don't you want somebody to celebrate that you’re regular? Would there be so many products or commercials about it if that wasn't the case?
Okay, that's a little digression, but it's true, isn't it? As an adult, you would love to be able to celebrate every moment and not be so worried about the next one, wouldn’t you?
I wonder, when was the last time you celebrated anything that you did? Has it been days? Weeks? Months? Decades? Can you not remember the last time?
“What’s there to celebrate, Vicki?”
Well, if you're asking me that, you likely don't know me very well because I celebrate that my coffee tastes good in the morning. I celebrate every new client who reaches out to me because I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with them. I celebrate putting the laundry away before the week goes by.
I wasn't always like this. I know it may seem that I am the eternal optimist, but I'm someone who can get bogged down in the stress of a situation or the what-ifs of life. But what I learned many years ago was that it wouldn't help me solve anything, nor would it allow for progress in my life.
So, what is there to celebrate? As the sign in my kitchen says, there is always something to be grateful for, which is worth celebrating. It’s there to remind me that this gift of being human ought not to be squandered, and even when it sucks big time, it’s worth being here.
“Ok, fine, but again, what is there to celebrate?”
You. You are there to celebrate. You are a clarifying, seeking truth, a magnificent clump of cells that is radiating light at cosmic levels while remembering to buy snacks.
What if (see, there can be supportive what ifs), you started saying I DID IT! Each time you accomplished something you previously thought was mundane? What if you decided you were done waiting for someone else to acknowledge your accomplishments and went on a rampage of appreciation (Thank you, Esther Hicks, for that phrase.) for every fundamental task you completed in a day. What if you reconnected to that toddler in you that was so proud of themselves because they got the shoe on the correct foot?
Listen, it’s likely as an adult; there aren’t going to be a ton of people lining up to give you a round of applause for brushing your teeth. So, do it for yourself. You are right there in front of the mirror. Perhaps you could witness yourself saying I DID IT! And up the anty? Too much? Ok, start with the inside voice first, then.
When you start acknowledging everyday wins, more show up. When you begin to pay attention to where you are today, there is less looking in that rearview mirror. I promise.
Yes, the last few years have been tough times and lessons. That is true, and so is that life can be beautiful, celebratory, amazing, AND messy at times. All of this can exist together.
So, get it together and do it today.
I’ll start… I DID IT! I wrote this newsletter a week before it was due. Go me!
Ok…your turn. Let’s hear it.
Cheering you on,
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