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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
what do you celebrate in your daily lives, in your hearts?

i celebrate God, love, my wonderful cats, my family, my amazing friends, the knowledge and experiences that have brought me to who i am, therpay! plants, art, music, dance... photographs, poetry, books & film... friendly people like all of you, smiles and hysterical laughter

so many things.

i dont know where this came from, i was sitting here feeling lonely and anxious for things in my life to begin and come to an end, and amidst those thoughts i began to remember what keeps me afloat and at peace.

what keeps you afloat and brings peace?
post #2 of 17
Well, I see Anne, you and I are all on at the same time. What a great thread you've started here. My compliments!

I celebrate my cats, my awsome family (I've got such great parents), incredible friends (I have the kind of friends that would be there for you at the drop of a hat, day or night), my own apt., One more day not in a wheelchair (because of my disability). I'm happier now than I've ever been. I guess it took me til' my 30's to finally become comfortable with who I am and I cherish everyday. Oh, and I celebrate a good book and a great film (being a filmmaker, this last one is both my profession and hobby).
post #3 of 17
I celebrate my life, my husband (he's my best friend) My cats, my horses, my friends, my relationship with God, no more migraines! Caramel corn and cotton candy...helium balloons let go up in the atmosphere..stars...sunsets and sunrises...solitude (when I can get it) my art...music from the 70's....walking barefoot in the long grasses....any gains I get when I train my horses...playing ball with my German Shepherd....a hot cup of Starbucks coffee...hot fudge sundaes...peace and tranquility (what's that???LOL) homemade bread with butter and honey....rainstorms...windy days....and simple acts of kindness...
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
hissy you reminded me of things i forgot to add

how could i forget rainstorms and sunsets and stars...

if it's raining you can bet i'll be out there dancing in it.

...solitude and good company.

MeowMan ... i celebrate my parents, though i didnt grow up happy, and i still dont have a good relationship with them, and i never will, unfortunately, they are both alcoholics, still i celebrate them, and light candles for them because they run through my blood and heart, regardless of the fact that i dont run through theirs.

i also celebrate my health, my good days...
it can be hard, but, the more you appreciate those good days, and celebrate them, the longer they will stay with you in memory and heart when they are fewer and far between.

i dont know much about your dissability, other then it attacks your legs? and it is progressing? mine, it is permeanent, so i try to embrace the energy and painless days when they are with me.
post #5 of 17
OH YEAH! Rainstorms! A roaring fire and a shared bottle of wine. A comfortable silence. And I just LOVE sunsets, especially the few times I get to see it set into the sea (I live on the East coast). And I LOVE 70's music too Hissy! I spent my childhood in the 70's and miss the Bee Gees, Abba, etc. Hey, I was first turned onto rock and roll in the 70's. And, yes, Hissy-simple acts of kindness. Like a few days ago a road worker changed my flat tire on the interestate when he saw me laboring with it and my cane. Acts like this restore my faith in humanity.

Blue, what is your disablity again? (If I'm not being too presumptuous in asking). Mine is a neurological disorder called degenerative muscular spacticity. The signal from the brain that controls motor function is firing too fast to the legs. It slows me, but doesn't stop me. I too have to deal with an incredible amount of pain sometimes, so I guess I should say I celebrate pain free days too.
post #6 of 17
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MeowMan!!!! WINE!!! how could i forget about a glass of red wine?! what is wrong with me. goes to show how many things, big & little, there are to celebrate in life.

* no, not presumptuous at all, i have posted about it before.
i have fibromyalgia, chronic pain & chronic fatigue syndrome, of which they -(doctors)- know little about.

i know all about the pain factor, mine is centered in my back, legs, neck and knees, sometimes feet.

dont you just love waking up to painless, sunny days? such a little thing to so many but such a gift to me.

it's always about those little things, hey?

i like your attitude, Chuck,

slows me, but doesn't stop me

i try to hold that way of thinking too.
post #7 of 17
I celebrate my wonderful relationship with my one and only (we'll be celebrating our first 5 years together in 3 weeks time!), my wonderful cats, my loved family (both my side of the family and his), My sweet little new house, a good movie, sitting with hubby in front of the TV watching something nice, a good book, anything that has Haagen-Daaz or Ben & Jerry written on it :icecream:

Oh and I celebrate Prozac everyday for letting me enjoy those things

Last, but certainly not least, I celebrate this forum and the wonderful people I've met here!
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
i celebrate this poem, my favourite poem, everyday

"somewhere i have never traveled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with this colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands"

-e.e. cummings-
post #9 of 17
i love posts like this! i appreciate every single day. my mom died of cancer the day after i graduated from high school, so every day i'm able to get up out of bed and walk, i celebrate. after watching her suffer in every possible way a human can suffer, i feel fortunate to be able to do the small things. to climb stairs, (she wasn't able to climb the steps to see my prospective dorm room when we visited a college) to go for walks without a walker, to feel the unlimited possibilites that we all have. i appreciate my remaining family above everything else in the world. i celebrate my health, my loved ones health, my job, all the blessings i have in my life. oh ya and chocolate! and good books, the kind that you can't put down, painting pottery for my friends, a great meal out, meeting someone for the first time and feeling that instant connection, where you know you must have been friends in a previous life, and you have so much to say to each other that you can't get the words out fast enough.
post #10 of 17
First and foremost I celebrate my son Justin, who is no longer here, and I'm so very grateful that I got to be his mom; my wonderful husband Mike; my parents and my sisters; my sweet baby cats; anything at all dealing with cats; books; the promise of beginnings and bittersweet endings; sunrises and sunsets; and the contractor is finally working on the steet where I live (after living on a dirt road in the middle of the city for the last 6 months!) and we will soon have a paved street and sidewalks! Oh, joy!
post #11 of 17
Do you know this poem? From one who has been there- (((hugs)))

Thy Will be Done

"I'll lend you for a little while,
A child of Mine, He said.
"For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden and should his stay be brief
You'll have his loving memories as solace for your grief.

I've looked this wide world over in my search for teachers true..
And from the throngs that crowd Life's lanes, I have selected you.
I fancied that I heard you say- "Dear Lord, Thy will be done."
For all the trials this child may bring the risk of grief we'll run.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned-
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.

-Edgar Guest-

*on June 25, 2001 my son Jeremy Ryan would of been 25 years old*
post #12 of 17
I am loving the sunshine and the thought that spring is around the corner. I celebrate the grace God gives me to start over each new morning. And an intimate relationship with His Son. New friends, new job, new city, new church and of course new kitty! My parents are the biggest blessing in the world and I can't spend enough time with them! I can't believe I'm able to write this, but: being single and foot loose and fancy free! Somedays I don't know if I could celebrate that! We could go on forever couldn't we? It's a blessing to be able to count our blessings.
post #13 of 17
This is an awesome thread; very thought provoking.

First and foremost, I celebrate my life, my existence, and the journey my soul is on. I celebrate the members of my family and cherish their presence. I lost my dad 6 months ago to leukemia, and I feel grateful that I knew him at all. I celebrate my sense of humor and my intelligence. I celebrate the children's lives I am able to touch through my job, which is teaching. I celebrate all the material things I have. I celebrate my kids and watching them grow up and learn all of life's lessons themselves. I celebrate my friends, without whom I might not have made it through some rough times. I celebrate my accomplshments, for I have worked very hard to achieve every single one. Lastly, I include my cats, those 2 fuzzy faces who greet me at the door every single day and love unconditionally.
post #14 of 17
Hissy, thank you for posting the poem. I'm so sorry you have also gone thru the loss of your child. It isn't something you "get over", is it? You can only learn to weave this great loss into the pattern of your life as it is now. Some days are bad, but most days are good, and with the help of my family, friends and, of course, my baby cats I feel I'm doing very well. I think Justin would be proud of me. Justin would have been 28 on April 14.
post #15 of 17
No, you never get "over" it, although many people seem to be intent that this is what you are supposed to do. You love them while you have them, no matter how little or how much time, and you know that someday, you will see them again- and I am just waiting for that glorious day!

Until then, I get by, and I know that all my animals are romping and playing at Remy's feet and I celebrate that fact!
post #16 of 17
First of all, I celebrate making such wonderful friends online, as I have in this site...and I pray it never closes. One of the other forums I was a regular member of just closed down, out of the blue...and I felt so lost without my friends there....but I have this place to come to and share my thoughts, and I love and cherish each one of you. ( I mean that)

Also I celebrate my faith in God....my heavenly father. He is always there for me.

And I celebrate the time that I had on this earth with my father (he passed away in August)

And I celebrate the fact that someday I will be in heaven with him.

On a lighter note...

I celebrate my good friends, and I celebrate Pizza and cheesecake... MMMMMM All of these make my tummy warm.
post #17 of 17
What a neat thread. I celebrate our new home in an incredible setting. Everyday I can look out the sliding glass door and see horses and a donkey in the pasture next door and some days we can see the buffalo on the hill behind our house. There are birds and squirrels and a small stream and although we have lots of landscaping to do
it is a dream come true.
I also celebate the fact that our son is still alive even though he lives with AIDS. We cherish every day that he is here and in fairly good health.
The biggest happiness right now is our daughter's and son-in-law's pregnancy and the fact that it has been easy for her and we should have a healthy granddaughter the end of May or early June.e:

[Edited by Kaaren Sander on 03-20-2001 at 08:16 PM]
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