In Others’ Words: Celebrating More

celebrate more quote Peters 2.19.14 Got anything to celebrate today?

Is it something you’d like to celebrate again … and again … and again?

I’m celebrating sending off a novella manuscript — and hoping to celebrate that more in the future.

I’m celebrating how my daughters and sons-in-love and daughter-in-love  create a heart-expanding vision of family.

And I’m anticipating the celebrations that will happen once I’m in the midst of an upcoming writers retreat. (Can you say “These people get me?”)

In Your Words: Want do you want to see more of in your life? How are you celebrating it?

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  1. February 19, 2014, 2:06 am   /  Reply

    Reading this, I’ve realized that I’ve fallen out of the habit of celebrating. Life became a slog, with occasional exhausted breaks.

    After which, in Housman’s words, it’s “square your shoulders, lift your pack, and go.”

    Part of it’s illness, the feeling that there is too much to do, and a looming horizon. Understandable, I guess. as I was writing this line I sneezed, and felt like I was going to rip in half.

    But there also seems to be a misplaced set of priorities, that joy and celebration are supposed to be a part of our business here on earth, in the way that C.S. Lewis said that “joy is the serious business of Heaven”.

    Maybe the more serious the situation, the less seriously you should take it?

    • February 19, 2014, 1:36 pm   /  Reply

      I bet you celebrate every dog you rescue, my friend.
      And that is worth celebrating.
      God says a righteous man takes care of his animals.
      And so you do.
      And I celebrate that.

      • February 19, 2014, 4:37 pm   /  Reply

        Yes. That’s right. Thanks, Beth.

        Needed to hear that, and surely appreciate it!


  2. Susan
    February 19, 2014, 6:45 am   /  Reply

    Celebrate what you want to see more of…SO true! Love those words this morning:)

    • February 19, 2014, 1:37 pm   /  Reply

      Honestly, this is one of my favorite quotes.
      I only wish I’d stumbled upon it earlier in my life.

  3. February 19, 2014, 7:52 am   /  Reply

    I want to see more growth. But I know that will involve pruning…so be it.

    • February 19, 2014, 1:37 pm   /  Reply

      Pruning, yes … and tun you celebrate the growth!

  4. February 19, 2014, 8:06 am   /  Reply

    Wishing I were celebrating with you in Destin!! But I am celebrating getting my edits finished within two weeks and signing more book deals…and sunshine and 67 degrees yesterday!

    • February 19, 2014, 10:13 am   /  Reply

      Those are GREAT things to celebrate, Pat!

    • February 19, 2014, 1:38 pm   /  Reply

      So, so much to celebrate … I especially like “signing more book deals.”

      HaPpY dAnCe!

  5. February 19, 2014, 8:17 am   /  Reply

    Celebrating the power of friendship! 🙂

    • February 19, 2014, 1:38 pm   /  Reply

      … the POWER of friendship.

      Amen and Amen!

  6. February 19, 2014, 9:47 am   /  Reply

    I had expected family bonding times to increase through celebration gatherings after marriage and then childbirths. Instead the best bonding is happening as we all face hardship together and dig deeper. Thankful and know that in this case, stabilized health of a brand new granddtr., lasting improvement will come soon.

    • February 19, 2014, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

      There is celebration to be found in times of hardship … yes, that is a solemn truth.

  7. February 19, 2014, 10:03 am   /  Reply

    Celebrating with you, sweet Friend!

    • February 19, 2014, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

      And celebrating with you, sweet Friend!

  8. February 19, 2014, 10:15 am   /  Reply

    Hmm, I’m celebrating a great morning with my sometimes stormy boys. 🙂 It’s always a good way to begin the day. I’m celebrating the sparks of a new story that I’m looking forward to brainstorming with friends very soon. I’m celebrating the opportunities God gives me to choose joy each day. And yes, sometimes it IS a choice. Loved this post. 🙂

    • February 19, 2014, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

      Choosing joy.
      CHOOSING joy.

      That is worth celebrating.

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