Driving to work this morning with the moon shining down on me was such a precious treat. Here in the Pacific NW we are usually enshrouded in clouds and blessed with rain. Today is going to be an extra special Monday. As I glance out my office window I notice the sky is blue as the sun and even Mt Rainier can be seen!! People often wonder how I can live here amidst the gray all winter long. I smile and tell them there is something so special about the sun when it shines and the moon and stars when we see them. We do not take them for granted, no we celebrate them when they show up. This is much like life.
How often we miss things because we do not celebrate them? Our growth and our achievements simply pass by unheralded because we fail to celebrate them. When is the last time you had a real high five moment? When was the last time you stopped and slapped yourself on the bottom and said: “Dang you did it!” When is the last time you took a deep breath, settled in and really acknowledged your growth?
This was a historical pattern in my earlier life. I missed the good and only acknowledged the failure or mistakes I made. But over the last few years I have learned to slow down, take a deep breath, and acknowledge the good things, my growth, and my achievements. I chose to stop and celebrate them. Sometimes I have gone and gotten a pedicure to celebrate or put a stone on my desk. Whatever it is that comes to me! I slowly became “less worse” and “less worse” until it has become a way of life. This pattern is now part of my template for living joyfully my amazing life!
So How to Celebrate Growth?
Stop take a breath
Acknowledge your growth
Celebrate the success
Write it down – journal from this point
Share your success
Lori Elgin, a credentialed life coach and founder of Beauty & Grace Coaching, also continues her board certified nurse practitioner practice. She is passionate about empowering women and men live the life of their dreams. She and her husband have five awesome grown children and 9.9 grandchildren. They live in the Pacific NW with Zev, the wonder Scottie and Charlie, the elderly Persian cat. You may follow her on her website: https://lorielgin.com or facebook,or twitter