I did something unusual for me last week. I celebrated twice. First, I rejoiced in the launch of Dreaming Made Simple. Then I reveled in my hometown girls basketball team winning its second straight state championship.
Now you might say, “Of course you celebrated.” Actually, taking delight in something like that is a bit out of character for me. Let me explain.
You see, for me, there is a difference between thankfulness and celebration. For me, thankfulness usually comes easily because I realize I’m not entitled to anything. (Occasionally I need reminded of that.)
But in my mind, until recently, in order to celebrate I had to first accomplish something worth that pleasure. Simply put, I had to have done something. As in finished what I set out to do.
Therein lay the problem. I didn’t celebrate because I was still in process. According to my understanding, there wasn’t much room for celebration, was there?
The truth is, as a friend told me, we never finish. We will be in process for the rest of our lives.
I had to re-evaluate. Thankfully, I have. As a result, I now realize the difference between expectation (results oriented) and expectancy (process oriented), as detailed in the Dreaming Made Simple Starter Guide. That re-evaluation and understanding itself is a process, isn’t it?
It occurs to me now, maybe that classic song was got it right: “Celebrate good times, come on!”
What’s something you can celebrate this week?
How do you celebrate? It could be as simple as calling a friend to share about a breakthrough.
Is there a development in your life which calls for celebration? Think about the progress you have made.
I’d love to hear about your favorite celebrations. Leave me a comment below or on the Dreaming Made Simple Facebook page.