The Time To Celebrate Is NOW!

One of the things I love about blogging for The Daily Love is that I get an opportunity every week to stop, take stock of my surroundings and what is happening in my world, and I get to share it with you all. Obviously, the season is upon us. In fact, in this week alone, Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa are right under our noses, let alone the winter holidays that we are unaware of. Those of you who are in Australia are even celebrating the Summer Solstice this week.

And perhaps you celebrate not one holiday at all this season.  Well, if that’s you, be prepared for this blog: I’m a proponent of celebrating. See, I’m in a position in my life where I am certain that life is just simply too short. Life is too short to go to bed angry with someone you love (or don’t love, too). Life is too short to spend time worrying about something you can’t do anything about. And life is far too short to get stuck in the mundane, everyday grind and not take every opportunity we have to celebrate.

There were times in my life when I had been in poverty, and even then, I tried to find a way to celebrate. For some reason, I knew that if I didn’t have those moments of pleasure, it would make the climb of life too arduous. I’d go to the 99-cent store and get flour, oil and sugar. I’d make cake or cookies, I’d make streamers out of wrapping paper with foreign languages on it that I didn’t understand, and I’d sometimes even go on a shopping spree on a $20 budget—all in the name of celebrating. Even today, I take full advantage of birthdays, holidays (religious and otherwise) and, even whenever I can, I celebrate the government holidays. Really – which secretary doesn’t deserve his or her own holiday?!

Truthfully, with the religious holidays upon us, many of us can approach them with a sting from our pasts. But I urge you: you are the author of your life. If you rewrite this day to mean something joyful, regardless of what you held in it from the past, you will be able to stride through this season with so much more joy. In fact, even if you’re religious and you have special meaning in these holidays, I say that there is plenty of reason to find MORE things to celebrate. On top of what you are already honoring, celebrate your friends’ accomplishments, an excellent turkey stuffing or apple pie, or celebrate your own goals for the New Year! Because, why not?

There is so much more to celebrate coming down the pipeline, my friends. If you learn to celebrate and take advantage of the little moments of joy, I guarantee you that you’ll see so many more reasons to celebrate. Cut some paper shapes out and hang them just for fun, or make your favorite fruit punch and share with friends. Life is supposed to be fun! Let us all take every opportunity we can and have a blast. The time to celebrate is now.

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Trinka is a counselor and has run her private practice in Los Angeles for 20 years. She has been Mastin’s personal therapist for many years. Check out her website here.