June 2018 – It’s been quite a month. On June 1st, we celebrated my daughter’s graduation from high school. That very same day, my husband turned 50, quietly and gracefully so as to let Sydney enjoy the spotlight. Today we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and on Thursday we head to Indiana to my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. I’m not sure we could pack another major life event into a month if we tried. Well, that’s not entirely true… we are also getting a puppy as soon as we get back
The pragmatic side of me says that birthdays and anniversaries are really just celebrations of arbitrary numbers, right? Years are simply collections of 365 days. So while completing them is something fun to celebrate, it’s what you DO inside the space of those days, hours, minutes that really matter. As I get older, I realize the importance of making each one COUNT.
Too often we’re distracted by life; worrying about real-life matters like navigating the schedule of activities and events, paying bills, looking at what just popped up on our phones, not being present. When we’re not fully engaged in our lives, we’re not opening ourselves up to the gifts that are around us each and every day, in each and every moment. Sometimes that can be hard — especially when you’re surrounded by piles of dirty laundry and stressed with a seemingly-endless to-do list, but it’s up to us to find it. And, we most certainly won’t find it if we’re not looking.
Don’t let anyone — or anything — steal those little pockets of time away from you. That’s when life REALLY happens. You don’t need a birthday or anniversary to tell you do that. Every moment holds something to celebrate.