Life by design includes celebrating ages, stages and simple joys. What we hope “just happens” most often needs intentional action. Days easily slip away from us. We get so caught up in the minutia of everyday living, what we “think” are the expectations of others and the desire to do everything well. Then there is taking care of all our “stuff” – cleaning it, putting it away, getting it out, buying it, getting rid of it.
So much is screaming for our attention, how do we squeeze in the celebration of life we yearn for? How do we REALLY want to live? I have a theory that if we do what we really want to do, then many of the other things will get crowded out, lose their importance and move to the bottom of our to-do list.
We’ve all made them – LISTS. Lists of those things we dream of experiencing sometime in our lives. We might call it a Bucket List, Dream List or Taking on Life List . Maybe it’s in your mind. Maybe it’s on paper or in your journal. If you don’t have one….it’s time to make one.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary this year. Can it really be that long? We decided to make our together list: “Thirty Things to Do for Thirty Years of Marriage.” We are giving ourselves a couple years to complete this list but we are well on our way. We’ve already gone to Catalina Island and checked it off. In a few weeks we will visit some friends in Arizona and that will be another one marked off. We checked off joining a small group and learning a new card game. One of the items I put on the list was “Hold my first grand baby.” My husband said, “You can’t control that!” I replied, “No but I can put it on my list!” Well, guess what! We found out that one of our daughter-in-loves is pregnant!
Having this list keeps us intentional about doing things we really want to do. We go on “Field Trips” together. We save for something on our list. We push past a discomfort zone to do something we need a little courage to do. It helps us keep celebration in front of us. We are worth celebrating…LIFE is worth celebrating!
You can do this for your marriage no matter the number. Or your age. Adapt it to your kids and have them make one for their age: “10 Things to Do for 10 Years of Life.” You can do a countdown: “Eight Exciting Experiences for the Last Eight Months of the Year.” The point is to write down – in a fun way – the things you want to experience. Give a date for completion to push yourself a bit.
So right now…get out a piece of paper, name your list and write down a few experiences you are intentional about. Resolve to finish your list this week, then start making “dates” to celebrate life!
Please share in the comment section several experiences that you are looking forward to, to CELEBRATE LIFE!!