So, what's the occasion? What are you celebrating? Birthday? Anniversary? Job promotion?
Here's the deal - why do we have to wait for those "special occasions" in order for us to celebrate? TODAY is - can be and should be - a day of celebration. Just because!
"As long as there is breath there is hope!"
That quote that I came up with way back in March of 2009 speaks to that very fact. LIVING and BREATHING is reason enough to celebrate!
The Bible says it this way, "This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!"
Why not get in the "celebration" mood and mode?
I hope that if you have been listening to the podcasts for this week that you have enjoyed the energy with the new song I have been using for the introduction and close. The song is, "I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth and you can even find a video I posted on the Future You University fan page on Facebook one day in the past couple of weeks.
I love the energy of the song! I love the PASSION of the song! Hey, I just LOVE THE SONG!
But the words...the words...yes, I even find a powerful message to help us stay focused and positive in songs like this!
Here is the basic premise of the song as shown in the chorus:
I just want to celebrate another day of livin'
I just want to celebrate another day of life
Just think about the POWER of this mindset in these words alone! The CHOICE to CELEBRATE another day of living and another day of LIFE!
Hmmmm....I wonder how your day would go if you approached it with this thought in mind? I wonder how your day would go if even five other people that you come across during the course of your day approached it with this thought in mind. What if everyone in your office had this mindset?
Hey friend, why not kick things off by making sure that YOU approach the day with this mindset?
So I turned the other way - And I carry on, anyhow
I actually already know the answer to this next question without ever hearing your voice, but here goes: Have YOU ever been disappointed in anyone in your life?
Of course you have! Now, the most important question on this is this: What did you do about it?
What good did it do to "stew" and "fume" about it? What good did it do to rant and rave to those around you about it? What good did it do...period?
Instead of letting those types of emotions poison both your mind and, yes, even your body - why not do what this song suggests and simply turn the other way and carry on....regardless!
Again, it's a choice that we all have. You can choose to allow the disappointment and hurt to have a deeper and further impact by allowing it to claim your mind and body for any length of time OR you can choose to "shake it off" and move on.
A friend of mine shared an acrostic with me one day - F.I.D.O. - "Forget It, Drive On!"
One other verse I want to use in today's discussion:
Had my head on the dollar bill - But the dollar bill flew away
But the sun is shining down on me - And it's here to stay
Now, as I mentioned in the podcast, I really have no idea what it means to have your head on a dollar bill. At first I thought that maybe it was a misprint but, upon looking at several different sources on the lyrics, they all say the same thing. I thought maybe it was supposed to be, "had my HAND on the dollar bill" - but I guess not! PERHAPS it is implying that this person had achieved a certain level of importance that would cause some to want to put his image on money. I really don't know.
However, I DO know the point!
Money, fame, fortune - if you achieve it you need to also understand that it is fleeting! Here today, gone tomorrow!
Some people don't handle that too well, do they?
What about YOU?
It doesn't have to necessarily be fame and fortune - it could be a job, a relationship and a wide variety of other things that can be "taken away" in a moments notice.
And, again, what you DO in response to this is a choice - YOUR choice!
I love the simplicity of this message - WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?
We can focus on the disappointments and we can focus on the "what went wrongs", the "what if's" and the "only if I's" if we choose.
OR we can shift our focus and realize that we have survived and we WILL survive and that the sun is still shining - yes even in the midst of all of the mess - and it IS here to stay! Regardless!
So, what will YOU decide to do today? Just focus on TODAY, remember?
Even in the midst of life's ups and downs we can still CELEBRATE! (Hey, where's that "bootie shake" music?).
And as you do so - this will come easily if you are celebrating - be sure to always...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"