One of the key components of the 31 Days of Celebration exercise is to feel the celebration for at least five minutes each day. And I mean feel it. Jump up and down doing the Happy Dance, if you must. But feel the celebration of you for five minutes each day.
And yesterday, I faltered.
I did not feel the celebration. In fact, I was so caught up in all the things I needed (or wanted) to do that I plain forgot to keep an eye out for celebration. I didn’t even come up with my list of mini-celebrations until this morning!
That doesn’t mean that bright moments weren’t there. I was just caught up in the flow of the day and didn’t notice them until I racked my memory looking for them.
I did a mini happy dance when I completed a big project and turned in the results to my client. It was a creative and lucrative project and the client loved my work. I even included some services that weren’t part of the original proposal, increasing the value that I gave. This is worth celebrating.
I walked a little over an hour running errands yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the random selection of songs that played on my iPod. Songs that stuck out included “Cry for You” by September, “The Golden Age” by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour and “Quit Playing Games with My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys. (Yes, I have eclectic taste in music!) This is a natural way to celebrate.
I played a bit with my hair, experimenting with pig tails (as pictured above). I haven’t worn pig tails since I was a little girl, but I always liked them. Now that my hair is growing long again (at the request of my boyfriend), I thought I’d give them a whirl. He loved them!
I took out that shortbread cookie mix I bought a few weeks ago and made a batch of shortbread. I believe I didn’t cook it long enough, because it was a bit soft and fell apart. But it does taste mighty good! Another celebration via taste buds.
I guess I’ll have to do 10 minutes of celebration today to make up for yesterday. 🙂
This marks the two-week point, the time that last year I noticed an increased flow of income. So, you might be wondering if I’ve experienced it this year, as well.
Fortunately, the month started off well to begin with. But the flow didn’t taper off … it keeps coming. I’m doing better this month than I’ve done in years.
I think the celebration is working out. Imagine if I put just a bit more energy in my five-minute celebrations? I have been kind of half-assing it.
I know you might be disappointed, but I have to admit that I’m human, too.
How did you celebrate you yesterday? Did you complete a project? Did you enjoy some music? Did you spend quality time with a loved one? Did you enjoy some particularly good food? Were you human and faltered a bit on your journey? That’s OK. Picking yourself up and moving on is part of what makes successful people successful. Please share your insights, comments or advice in a comment below.