The Fourth of July, a time to celebrate
our country’s independence and to get together with family
and friends to enjoy some good barbecue and fireworks. I ask you
though, to consider celebrating the fourth in a different way—
How about declaring and reaffirming your personal independence
instead, by taking this time to celebrate all
of the successes in your life. Can’t think of any? Nonsense!
There are a million reasons to celebrate you. I’m talking
about really appreciating who you are at whatever point you have
arrived at in your life. And yes, it is hard to realize just how
far you have come sometimes. Realizing that you still have quite
a way to go is a plus. There are always reasons though, to find
something to celebrate. Use a celebration as
a reminder of a significant achievement; but what qualifies as
a significant achievement in your life is up to you. Make the
decision to be determined to be the independent spirit that you
are by laying claim to your right to be. So, if you are having
difficulty coming up with reasons to celebrate, here’s a
start . . .
Celebrate the spirit of your ancestors;
this country was built on their backs. Celebrate your strength
in the face of adversity. Celebrate your new
job or your entrepreneurial spirit. Celebrate your sobriety. Celebrate
the purchase of home. Celebrate earning your
GED. Celebrate graduating from high school. Celebrate your acceptance
to college. Celebrate graduating from college. Celebrate all the
people who helped you attend school. Celebrate
your good health. Celebrate your determination to improve your
health. Celebrate all the highs and lows in your life. Celebrate
the possibility of improving your life. Celebrate
your loved ones. Celebrate your capacity to love and be loved.
Celebrate your newfound ability to . . . do anything. Celebrate
your intention to learn to . . . do something new. Celebrate expanding
your horizons. Celebrate the contributions you make to improve
life for others. Celebrate your uniqueness. Celebrate
your attributes. Celebrate your strengths. Celebrate
your resolve to overcome your weaknesses. Celebrate your talents.
Celebrate your relationships. Celebrate your
friendships. Okay . . . Celebrate your weight
loss. Celebrate your love of exercise. Celebrate making the decision
to love and honor yourself. Celebrate sticking to that decision.
Celebrate saving money. Celebrate investing that money wisely.
Celebrate your dreams. Celebrate your aspirations.
Celebrate you. Celebrate your appreciation for
all that you are. Celebrate your appreciation for all that you
can become. Create and wave your flag! Celebrate your life! This
country would not be great without you. Why? Because it takes
all of “you.” Celebrate your independence!
Think about it. See you next week.
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