I am realizing that whenever I choose to write my celebrations for Ruth’s link, I put celebration and gratitude together. What I celebrate is where I am grateful. The two are inseparable for me when celebration is easy to name. Although, when celebration is a bit more elusive, gratitude is even more present.
Reasons to celebrate have been harder for me to find lately. The wedding of nearly a month ago looms close to my mind and celebrating my daughter’s new beginning is ever present. Yet other family sadnesses ring more loudly right now than the celebratory marriage bells. The sadness has flattened me and made getting up out of bed sometimes difficult. Finding celebration here is difficult. Finding gratitude…not so much. I cling to the gratitude knowing that celebration is wrapped within.
Today I am grateful for friends ever present, buoying and supporting; for beginnings that can occur and reoccur as many times as is necessary; I am grateful for words that touch and move me; for my words that make a difference for me and for others; I am grateful for paradox; I am grateful for swimming and movement that keeps me planted in my body; I am grateful for work that gives me purpose and allows me to share my gifts; I am grateful for poetry that speaks to me with words that I wish I had created because they seem to be so close to what I experience; I am grateful for suffering (mine and others) that brings us to a new and unexpected place or back to the home of comfort and belonging; for creativity both as the created and the creator; I am grateful for the mindless and the mindful; I am grateful that all evolves and nothing is lost; I am grateful that the shadow of sadness is joy.
One thing that I know is this…a container of gratitude creates space for celebration. Today I celebrate gratitude.
Thank you to Ruth for sharing her space to allow us to share out celebrations.