Sometimes I feel like most of what I write about is how to manage: how to manage stress, how to manage your family’s needs, how to manage succeeding at work with a busy family life. But life, I believe, is meant for more than managing.
Life is for living, noticing, and celebrating.
I forget that as often as the next person.
I wrote a book recently, and a week after its release my dad called to ask me how it felt to be a published author. “It feels stressful!” I told him, and immediately recounted all of the things I had to do now to market the book I had once been so excited to write. Sometime during my litany, it occurred to me that one week was too soon for me to have already forgotten how great it felt to accomplish this dream, but I’d barely taken the time to celebrate that win before moving on to the next stage of work.
We need to celebrate the wins. The successes large and small, as well as the good moments that just fall into our lap, are the times that we’ll someday wish we’d paid more attention to if we let them fly by now.
My weekly gratitude practice helps me recognize the daily highlights in my life. I don’t do near as good a job of making a big fuss over the bigger milestones. A part of me worries that I’ll jinx future successes by making too big a deal over what I hope are merely stops along the way.
But there is no guarantee that we will ever arrive at the next success. What’s right in front of us today is what we know for sure. This day, this win, is what is certain. That alone makes it worthy of a celebration.
I want to have more celebratory dinners and champagne toasts. I want to take more pictures and make more photo albums commemorating perfect weekends and blissful holidays. I want to go out honor first days, report cards, and last games with ice cream cones. I want to recognize and remember now so that I’ll have no regrets later.
How do you celebrate the wins?