The image of the champagne cork evokes a feeling within me of celebration with reckless abandon. Whomever caused the bottle to open did not even fully remove the wire securing the cork. There was perhaps a curiosity to see what would happen if the bottle was shaken as hard as possible. I am not completely sure but I am sure that it symbolizes something that we can all benefit from in our lives.
Unabashedly celebrating life. This should be our first and only New Years resolution each year. As the champagne flows (for those of us for whom it does) the crystal clear sparkling effervescent bubbles herald our heartfelt desire and excitement to celebrate this thing called life.
Celebration can and will take many forms and part of the fun is to choose new ones and try them on for size. Here is an even easier way to build your inventory of ways to celebrate. Ask 10 people (family, friends, colleagues, the person next in line at the grocery store or cafe) what is one the best celebrations they have ever attended or created in their life. The very fact we ask creates two things. It allows the individual to rekindle their enjoyment of a previous celebration which will undoubtedly brighten their day and it gives you a new recipe for success in celebrating something or someone in your own life. It is infectious, perhaps it will even create a memory of epic proportions in your life.
And if asking seems somewhat invasive or intrusive for you then you could also just phone someone you love and tell them how much you enjoyed the last celebration you had together. Even if it was only days ago it is always nice to hear someone express their joy and laughter from a celebration.
And so in the spirit of sharing my own spiritual development as I create this blog together with my husband let me tell you that I really enjoyed the celebration of Christmas with my good friends Steven and Yoshie and their family. I felt like part of this wonderful family and it did not matter at all that I was not a blood relative I was wrapped in the love of their family and it was fun and joyful and happy and was exactly what I needed that day when I was apart from my one true love. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.