When you buy a calendar, it has specific dates mentioned on it that people use to celebrate certain events.
We look forward to certain holidays such as the fourth of July and Memorial day, as that is a time that we get to get together with family or friends and maybe have a picnic.
And then there are holidays that we may not be aware of, however, it is still a time for us to celebrate.
Wednesday August 21st is considered Senior Citizen Day. That is a day to remember all the accomplishments of older adults.
For example, approximately 10 million persons age 65+ volunteer at some type of organization. What is the #1 organization? Church, then hospitals and schools.
If we didn’t have volunteers, many places, such as churches or schools, wouldn’t be able to function.
It’s important for us to remember and celebrate certain events in our lives, such as birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays.
It’s also important to remember and celebrate all of the little events in our lives as well such as our friendships that we have made over the years or things that we have accomplished.
Our lives are stories that are being written every day; it’s important that we look back and celebrate the history that makes up lives.
Some of us have lived through some difficult times, either financially, or maybe have had challenges with friends or family.
We can reflect and celebrate on where we are now in our lives.
We can start with the words “Thank God.”
Thank God that I am able to see my friends every day. Thank God that I have a comfortable place to live. Thank God that I have a life full of great memories.
Have you ever sent a card to someone, or maybe a small gift, and they didn’t contact you to say “Thank you?”
They may have appreciated what you did for them, though they didn’t take the time to say “Thank you”. Maybe they forgot to let you know they received it, or maybe they simply didn’t think to say “thank you.”
We like to know that when we do something for others, it is acknowledged and appreciated.
And “Thank you” is one of those words that is kind of hard to define. Thank you means, thanks, or giving thanks.
Thank you means that we appreciate what we have and not dwell on what we don’t have.
Thank you means that we have a mini-celebration to appreciate the moment that we are grateful.
We know that our lives change as we get older. There are things that we can’t do now that we could do when we were younger, and there are things that we can do now that we couldn’t do when we were younger.
As much as I would like to be able to do somersaults down a steep grassy hill on a warm summer’s day, I know that if I do that now, I’ll probably have to lay on the ground for an hour to stop my head from spinning.
Is it possible to be thankful for the unpleasant things in our lives as well?
We know that research says that when someone is sick or injured, their healing depends on their attitude.
If they dwell on being sick or injured, and don’t dwell on healing, then it might take longer to heal, or there might be other health problems because of their outlook.
We are very fortunate to have the medicine and the doctors that we do now. Even though we may not like have health problems, we are much better off now than early in the century.
How can we possibly celebrate and be thankful when things are not going so well?
Abraham Lincoln said “we can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes produce roses.”
Abraham Lincoln is telling us that we will find what we are looking for in situations.
If we are looking for thorns in life, then we will find them.
If we are looking for roses, then we will find them as well.
What we celebrate and are thankful for depends on what we are looking for.
When we wake up in the morning, no matter what is going to happen that day, we get to experience the day and everything that comes with it.
There might be sun or clouds, or roses or thorns.
When we wake up each morning, we decide what kind of clothes we are going to wear.
We pick out the colors and fabrics, and sometimes that makes us happy and sets the mood for the day.
Let us also pick out something to celebrate each day and be thankful for those things that we have and not dwell on what we don’t have.
Choose something in your life that you are grateful for, and find a reason to celebrate.