May 1, 2020
Well my friends, we’ve survived yet another week. At least, I think this has only been one week. I’m pretty sure I’ve lived a thousand lifetimes since Monday. I know I’ve left a thousand things undone and have failed in more than one. That would explain how soul-tired I am today. It’s time for a good weekend of rest and restoration. I hope you find the time to spend a few minutes in the sunshine, a few hours with your eyes closed in a glorious nap, and mouthful of tasty snacks that remind you that life is worth celebrating, always!
When I first met my fiancé in July 2016, one of the things that made me take a second look was at how much joy he found in simple things. Everything made him smile or laugh. Every story he told made me smile because it came with such enthusiasm. Even the way he watched Family Feud proved to me that he could find something in every moment to celebrate. In fact, the first Christmas after we moved to Asheville we received a gift from one of his coworkers that summed up my fiancé’s life motto. It is a piece of wall art that reads “Celebrate Everything”. In the four years since we’ve met, he has taught this gloomy Gus a life lesson in joy. If you look hard enough, there’s joy to had in nearly every situation.
This joy isn’t false or forced. It’s the kind of joy that, even in the hardest of days, raises a glass to cheer the good, however rare or sparse. In fact, what I have learned most from his joy, is that the rarer the good in a day, the higher the glass must be raised. Joy is not the absence of adversity but the audacity to celebrate even the rarest moments of good. There is always something to delight the soul.
This weekend, I encourage you to look with anticipatory hope for something to celebrate. Expect your heart to be delighted. Expect your spirit to leap and your belly to laugh. Fill your heart with cheer and raise it high above the fray. Grab onto the rare moments, like diamonds buried deep within the earth, and hold them near and dear to your heart. Do not postpone joy. Celebrate everything!
I send you into the weekend with these thoughts from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”
Love and Light and Cheers!