How to Celebrate When Life is Hard

Let's be honest. Life is hard.  It is messy, it is broken, it is painful and sometimes it just doesn't make sense.  Life is also beautiful. Very beautiful.

I have found in my short 32 years, that life, with all of it's ups and downs, it's highs and lows is what I make it. I have a choice.  I can choose how I respond to disappointments, unmet expectations, and hurt.  My response dictates my world.  My response is what leads tocelebration of all that is true and right and lovely or my despair regarding all that is broken.  

So today's life tip is simple in theory and requires intentionality to put into practice.  

Here it is: Choose to Celebrate.  Yep, when everything is crazy and things around you don't make sense, find what is good and celebrate that.  I promise, you can find something to celebrate in every day, in every season.  

"Celebration when your plan is working? Anyone can do that. But when you realize that the story of your life could be told a thousand different ways, that you could tell it over and over as a tragedy, but you choose to call it an epic, that's when you start to learn what celebration is. When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed, but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong, that's celebration." - Shauna Niequist

Celebrate you.  Celebrate love.  Celebrate a warm bed.  Celebrate a new friend, or an old one. Celebrate the breath in your lungs.   Life is much better, much more fun, and much more hopeful if you can learn to celebrate in all. Throw your hands up and CELEBRATE! 

What will you choose to celebrate today?