Friday, December 07, 2007

Celebrate!

When was the last time you took a look in the mirror and celebrated you?  Or took a look inside and celebrated you?  I hope that it was today!

It's the season of celebration, which includes Hanukkah's celebration of light at the moment.  So it got me thinking.  Ritual has such a history of importance in many cultures throughout the world, and I know that somewhere deep inside you, you probably have a ritual just waiting for you to touch it and say, "Hey come out and play, let's celebrate something about myself!"  And you know what the most surprising thing might be?  That way to feel good about yourself might start with realizing the good you do others.  You know how when you light a candle, that candle can keep lighting others?  Just like a menorah.  So when you light yourself up inside, you have the potential to light up others, and you still shine as brightly!

Your ritual could be anything.  Something silly, like dancing into the bathroom in the morning!  Something serious, like painting the way your heart looks when you take a deep breath every day.  (I know, where did that come from--but wouldn't it be cool to try it?!)  Something original, like taking a pad of paper outside every day and doing equations that you make up because you just love math!

Want to light someone up with a gift this season?  It's kind of cool to remember what a gift you give to others by honoring yourself.  So when you're lighting up your own candle and then deciding how you'd like to spread that light, you may want to check out www.SafeGreenToys.org, sponsored by Co-Op America, an organization whose mission is "to harness economic power-the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-and to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society."  

Hmm, the gift ideas are starting to come to me...  This just might call for a post about creative gift ideas... What do you think?  Send one, send all, your most creative, thoughtful gift, ritual, everything celebration-ideas!

Here's to spreading that celebration feeling, Elizabeth (Bissy!)

10 comments:

Madeline said...

I love this! I don't quite understand it, but the feeling of being yourself shines straight through. Lets all get out there and take a look at the world with fresh eyes! We are family! We are unique! We ALL rock this world!

Anonymous said...

A really nice gift that i use quite often is, home made jewelry. You just buy an assortment of different colored beads and string or wire and let your Imagination go crazy! I really like to make earings with different color combo's and give the colors meanings, like clear beads for clarity or red or orange for strangth.

piglet said...

kool

piglet said...

i like secret santas

Anonymous said...

great idea

Bonnie Watkins said...

Hi Bissy and all, Not sure if my previous comment went thru - I will be reprinting part or all of this excellent post on our blog, EqualityQuilt.org. Bonnie Watkins of the Minnesota Women's Consortium

Bonnie Watkins said...

Hey Bissy, Great writing and good inspiration. Hi to all your smart fans too. I am going to reprint some (maybe all) of this post on our blog at EqualityQuilt.org... seems like a good New Year concept too. Best, Bonnie Watkins of the Minnesota Women's Consortium

Anonymous said...

Celebrating yourself is so cool. You get to realize how original you are and how wonderful you really are.

Nobodie said...

Usually, what I do to celebrate me is go and draw a picture for New Moon!!!!!!!!!!!
-Nobodie

Anonymous said...

I like WACKAAY. If you don't understand that my friends and I say that when somebody says we're
weird.(Or sometimes Thank you)