Glass Onions in WaterA ceremony or festivity to honor or recognize a significant event…

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Oprah Winfrey                                                                                              

Celebrate what you want to see more of.   Thomas Peters

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!  Barbara Hoffman

We should seek reasons to celebrate our good results, victories, accomplishments, even very small steps forward. We should be thankful and appreciate our many blessings, both small and large; always recognizing these good things in our life are mentally enriching, inspiring, and keeps moving us forward.

Too much time and effort is spent being depressed, disappointed, and frustrated. Too many spend too much time whining and crying ‘why me’? Negative and pessimistic thoughts reinforce life’s negatives and bring even more negatives. Positives and constructive thoughts reinforce positive results and bring about more positives.

Celebrating is taking the time to recognize things worthwhile. It can be a life-changing event or something seemingly small and trivial. It is important to recognize the significance and reflect on its importance. This reinforces that the efforts and sacrifices made were worthwhile. Celebrating the event gives special honor and expresses gratitude for the good results that have happened. We should do this for others as well as ourselves.

Every time we succeed, we gain experience, understanding and wisdom on how to succeed again and again. Success has been described as a journey rather than a destination. A ‘success mindset’ is a very desirable thought process that we should seek to acquire as we continue our journey forward. Every time we find a reason to celebrate a victory we are solidifying and reinforcing the choices we have made, the changes and the steps taken. All this helps and aids us in our effort to live up to our potential. This continually reinforces our success mindset.

Something small and trivial as saying ‘good morning’ to strangers, or staying ‘calm and collected’ when normally we would lose our temper, are both victories. It should be recognized and celebrated. If we have been unable to do such things in the past, doing this is a significant step forward. Celebrating the victory reinforces the accomplishment. This helps to take even more positive steps forward. Subconsciously, we keep setting the bar higher as we take small steps forward. Maybe we can express to the next stranger ‘good morning’ and then ‘have a nice day’ or do something kind for a person who irritated us. Each victory creates more and more momentum for continued growth and success. We are what we do and think about. Be aware of all opportunities for success. Take the steps forward. Find reasons to celebrate. Keep going forward.

Challenge: Do you see the benefits of finding reasons to celebrate your victories and accomplishments? Each time you do so you are reinforcing the positive steps taken. Personal growth and development is something that requires diligence and perseverance. It is easier to be indifferent and complacent. If you seek to become a better you, look for opportunities to grow. Make the right choices, experience the victories and celebrate the results.

Wisdom: Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! Amanda Bradley

Spiritual: (NIV)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  II Timothy 1:7

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Romans 8:37

Life has its good moments as well as its tough moments. Trials and tribulations will always be there testing us as we journey through life. It can be hard to keep our heads up and our spirits high. However, for those who have God in their lives, there is assurance and hope that comes from knowing that God is in control. We have reason to celebrate knowing that God always prevails. There is no such thing as failure when we have God in our lives.

Prayer:  Help me to let go and let You make me into the person You designed me to be.

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