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“Celebration” is a word that we often associate with remarkable milestones—birthdays, weddings, new babies and graduations. Celebration involves planning, sending invites and ordering food. Celebration, with its sense of recognition and rest from routine, is an event.
The problem with this approach to celebration is that this practice comes rarely. When we choose only to observe so-called “big events” as worthy of taking a joyful pause, we may miss out on daily successes and small victories as being worthy of our time, acknowledgment and delight.
We may miss out on daily successes and small victories as being worthy of our time, acknowledgment and delight.
Throughout the past few years, I have been learning to celebrate the little things. I no longer only look forward to major life milestones. I have learned to see small successes—a new client, an accomplished goal, subtle transitions or even silly holidays like my half birthday—as worthy of celebration.
As we continue to enjoy the summer season, let’s take advantage of a slower pace of life and more hours of sunshine to practice true celebration. We can continue to observe the rituals of major milestones with planned parties, pretty invitations and gifts, but let’s also devote time and space to the celebration of the “simple things”—new friendships, work milestones or transitions into a new season.
Let’s celebrate the little things with a pause in our routines, a moment of gratitude and a slice of cake.
Let’s also devote time and space to the celebration of the “simple things.”
Kelsey Yarnell, the Darling family
Why is it important to celebrate the little moments in life? What’s the most recent “little thing” that you have celebrated?
Image via Prakash Shroff, Darling Issue No. 11