Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Celebrations!


Most of my friends and family are in the throes of celebration right now. For some it's Passover. It's Easter for others. For many more, it's simply another weekend to spend with friends and family.

April also happens to be Stress Awareness month. (It's National Frog Month too but I'll leave that alone for now.)

Given all of that, my message today is simple: ENJOY IT.

My sense is that some of you will get your share of "preaching" this weekend, so I'll keep this one brief.

Yet, whether you practice formal holidays or not -- my wish for everyone is to keep in mind the true meaning and spirit intended with sharing time and meals and lives together.

It's definitely a message which I need to keep in mind today and tomorrow.

My plans this morning include morning snuggles, family breakfast and this 45-minutes of "me" time. Thank you to my wonderful husband who totally understands the importance of the last part for everyone who will be around me for the next 48 hours.

After that, I'll be cleaning the house, doing laundry and food shopping.

At 1pm we have 10 guests coming over to celebrate our year-long journey to Destination Imagination. (I was the co-manager for my daughter's team.)

Sometime before 5pm, my husband, two kids and I will all be making the trek to my mother's house for dinner. My siblings and their families will be there too and we'll be celebrating that we're actually all together in one place at one time.

It will likely be a late, unpredictable night. Don't worry - my mom isn't cooking. Though, that would provide with some more great fodder for my blog. I'll let you know...

Tomorrow we have three different "celebrations" to attend. Suffice it to say, it will be a busy day. Of course it's also a school night and the start of a new week both of which come with their own "to do" lists.

You can see that there is definitely room for stress, frustration and general craziness. Things may not go exactly as planned. Someone may not make it to the bathroom in time (hopefully not one of the adults.) We may run out of guacamole. Someone may get a stain on a new shirt...before we even leave the house. There may be rushing around, one lost shoe, kids moving slowly and so forth.

You probably know exactly what I mean and I'm sure I could come back tomorrow night and post a long list of things which did add little pieces of insanity to the weekend.

But my goal this weekend is just to celebrate each moment. When I feel that "ARGH" feeling coming on, to remind myself what it's really all about. To mentally go with the flow of an easy river vs. whitewater rapids. To keep love, joy and gratitude in my heart. To focus on what's really important.

Whatever the weekend has in store for you... please ENJOY!
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