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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Always Celebrate!

As we look forward with eager anticipation to the joys of a new year, we should be mindful of another of life's "secrets" that we often neglect. For what keeps us fueled for life's serious responsibilities are the regular, ongoing, memorable occasions that serve as venues for a wonderful mantra: Always Celebrate!

Celebration is a life secret that benefits us all. The ritual of celebration not only brings us joy, but also requires us to pause and reflect in a way that often brings a profound clarity. When I think of this, I am reminded of T.S. Eliot's words in "Little Gidding" (from Four Quartets):

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

A celebratory mindset also helps us advance in the face of life's many challenges. We can acknowledge and meet these hurdles by approaching every day, every occasion, and every obstacle with fresh eyes. And with laughter!

Laughter reminds us that no matter how solitary our pursuit or how frustrating the event, we are never truly alone. Other fellow life travelers are facing the same speed bumps, and we share with each other the sheer wonder of this human path.

So in this season of renewal, as we usher in a new year, let us embrace with our children, families, and friends. Let us resolve to celebrate and to laugh. And in so doing, to honor the wonder that is our shared humanity.

All the best,


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