Spring is a time of renewal, growth and blossoming. I don't want to dread this season, or fear dates on the calendar. Instead, I am trying to celebrate my second chance and appreciate the not-so-pretty, but beautiful life I live.
Today I went to lunch in honor of a friend's birthday. The girls and I shared fun stories, but we also cried a few tears, some even in honor of my anniversary. Afterwards, I walked back to my car and discovered a small gold necklace on the center console. At first, I wondered who the necklace could be from, but when I sat back in the seat to contemplate, I quickly realized the answer. "This is not my car!" I said out loud. Then I hopped out of the twin silver Honda Pilot, looked around me and ran the half a block more to my own car. I laughed about it all the way home, smiling to myself at the thought of what the experience must have looked like to an observer.
Not every day will have such incidents, but it was a small reminder that even the most painful moments will pass, and joy will return. Laughter makes it return faster.
After some research, thought and more than a bit of inspiration, here are some ideas of positive ways anyone can commemorate the hard days in the past and celebrate the future.
- Start a new tradition. (It can be something that helps you mark the day, or one that helps distract you from it.)
- Be grateful for life. Make a gratitude list using a roll of receipt tape, then roll it throughout your home to see all the things you have to be thankful for.
- Celebrate the strengths you have developed as a result of your trials.
- Write thank you notes to the people who've helped you along the way.
- Take the time to tell someone you love them and why.
- Go to lunch with friend.
- Hug your children (or spouse or other loved ones).
- Go to a park or on a walk to enjoy nature.
- Visit a place you love and create new memories there.
- Play the song, "Eye of the Tiger", and run up some stairs in victory knowing you've made it another year.
- Laugh out loud. Laugh at yourself.
- Have a party or celebration of life, for yourself or for the person you are remembering.
- Plant a healing garden.
- Do service for a charity.
- Start a project in honor of making it through another year.
- Finish a project in honor of making it through another year.
- Make a keepsake or box of things that remind you how far you've come.
- Search for joy and bask in the little pleasures of life.
- Soak up the sun as a reminder that you are loved, most of all, by God.
- Thank God for every day, even the painful ones.
Happy Spring and happy anniversary to me.
Life is good, even when it's not.