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Thank you for …

Thank you to any and all of my readers for not commenting that I missed the celebration of Talk like a Pirate Day last Wednesday. While I should have been on top of it, it totally slipped off my radar. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed the day, me mates.

Friday, however, will be here in a few hours and you can let the reveling begin, not because the weekend will be starting, but due to the UN designating September 21 as World Gratitude Day. This provides an opportunity for you to present an award to someone you feel has done something outstanding in the spirit of globalism.

I’m not sure what they mean by globalism, but with the technology we have today, you could certainly consider anyone in the world your neighbor because you can text, email, Skype, Facetime, etc. folks around the world just as easily as if they lived next door. Interestingly, Jesus had this down thousands of years before the UN. He didn’t call it World Gratitude Day, He just said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” To me, that’s the essence of globalism.

So arm yourself with thank-you cards, e-cards, flowers, and lots of smiles to wish everyone on your worldwide list of family and friends, a Happy World Gratitude Day!

Make sure to be specific when you share your appreciation. You don’t want people to think you’re a shallow person by just mouthing certain words. Here’s a hint, think back – hopefully not too far – of an instance when the person demonstrated consistency, showed kindness, offered help, gave you a gift, or acted in some way that brought you pleasure. Thank them for those things. Make sure you do it for each individual. Not only will it make their day, but it will make yours as well

Have an attitude of gratitude.  Happy World Gratitude Day and thanks for reading!

June Celebrations

In our family, June is a busy month with fifteen members celebrating either a birthday or anniversary. This year we’re also adding two graduations to the mix. To say that we should consider investing in Hallmark stock is an understatement.

For those who have no weddings or 2012 graduations, be of good cheer.  You still have cause to celebrate, and it may not even require any cash outlay.

June 5, aka Festival of Popular Delusions Day, provides a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of a quality or what otherwise might be considered a short coming and celebrate it. Just think. You could create your own slogan, promote it on Facebook and you and hundreds of your closest friends can enjoy the day free of charge.  I’m going for “Connect with Clutter” so I don’t have to clean my office, but I doubt it will catch on – especially with my husband, aka Mr. Clean.  How about “Pound Proud” for those who on other days might need to lose a few. Celebrate today start your weight reduction program tomorrow. I think it might have potential.

What about June 16 and National Hollerin’ Contest Day? I’m not sure if I’d be interested in judging this event, but I have a neighbor who could provide some stiff competition to any contenders.

If you don’t mind spending a little, you might consider either June 20, National Ice Cream Sundae Day or June 22, National Éclair Day. June 29th is National Camera Day, so if you want to upgrade yours, you could be looking at a significant expense.

Need other reasons to celebrate in June? Take your pick of these bizarre holidays. There are 30 from which to choose. Some of them seem rather lame, so here’s a different idea? Why not come up with a list of blessings throughout your life and celebrate those? Seems to me, we’d never run out.

What do we celebrate?

Is it just me or have you also noticed how easily celebrations can get off track and how involvement with the event itself can make you miss the reason for the observance? 

Take Christmas for example. It’s so easy to become distracted with baking, cooking, decorating, shopping and attending holiday functions. We sometimes forget the real reason for the season is Jesus’ birth.  Yet once reminded, we like God’s gift to us in the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger. 

It’s more involved when we think of Easter. When we try to make our way past the baskets, bonnets and bunnies, do we remember that God sent His Son specifically for this resurrection day? His feet once bound with cloths for warmth climbed a hill carrying a cross. His tiny hands once touching blades of straw were punctured by huge nails to bind Him to a cross. He tasted death on that cross to pay the price for sin, but He rose again from the dead victorious over the grave.

And to think, God planned all of this before the creation of the world because He knew all of us would need a Savior. Wow! 

May you enjoy the blessings of Jesus’ resurrection this Easter. This is what we celebrate.

Who thinks up this stuff?

Do you ever wonder who thinks up some of the more bizarre holidays? 

If you need a reason to celebrate, you can always find an occasion here. In fact, already this month you have missed: 

  • National Pig Day (3/1)
  • If Pets had Thumbs Day (3/3)
  • Be Nasty Day (3/8) – This may explain a lot
  • National Pi Day (3/14) – 3.14 is the value of pi 

Although these are national holidays in the US, there is a global celebration on March 21 that you may be missing. My good friend blogged about it today in Ode to World Poetry Day

As holidays tend to do, it brought back thoughts of the past and school requirements to memorize some of the more highly acclaimed poems. Though I saw no reason for it then, I have come to appreciate the talent and effort necessary to accomplish a renowned piece. Interestingly, I still recall these lines from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

“And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” 

I think the reason these words have stuck with me over the years may stem from my To-Do list always seeming longer than my 24-hour allotment for completing it. Too often I feel guilty about taking time to enjoy the moment. Yet Frost does take a little respite until his self-talk motivates him to get back on track to more pressing activities. Generally, his thoughts echo in my mind and get me moving too. 

Although I enjoy writing poetry on rare but special occasions, it’s not my forte. I do, however, appreciate the skill and economy required to capture thoughts or paint vivid pictures with concise clarity. So Happy World Poetry Day to all poets, both aspiring and published. 

For those of you who are not into poetry, stay tuned for March 26, which is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. (What do you think? Do we need another reason to celebrate?)

Do thorns have roses?

“Thorns have roses.” 

Just like the TV game show Jeopardy, I’ve given you the answer. Now it’s your turn to come up with the question. Would you include any of these? 

  1. What is a rose bush?
  2. What protects a rose? 
  3. What is a prickle? 
  4. Why should we rejoice?  

According to Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses,”  so the correct choice is number four. 

If you’ve ever complained when things got tough or did not go your way, you’re in good company with a host of others – including me.  Nevertheless, the adage holds truth. 

On the surface, the moral appears to be a reminder to turn your view of life’s tragedies to see another perspective, perhaps one with a more positive side.  Yet if you think about it a little longer, you may come up with a deeper understanding as you stretch your thoughts to embrace this attitude.  If we look at God’s creation, we can often find answers to life’s questions, and the rose offers a few that might make a world of difference.  

Did you know florists categorize the rose as the most popular flower?  Its popularity stems not only from its delicate composition and fragrance but more often because it communicates a deeper message beyond what words can express.  It conveys thoughts of love and deep caring. It inspires hope, demonstrates appreciation and celebrates a full range of life’s triumphs. 

If you’re at all like me, I prefer the more comfortable side of life, one without the difficult hardships and trials. I know they’re part of life, but if I can avoid some along the way, all the better. Yet even creation provides an illustration through the rose.  This bush rarely blooms.  Most of the year, it is barren sporting branches and thorns.  The leaves and blossoms come as a reward for enduring the seasons, elements and a host of foraging predators.  

By the way, these thorns we so often complain about aren’t really thorns at all.  According to horticulturalists, thorns come from branch tissue that has become hard, woody in texture and pointed.  Technically, the rose actually produces superficial spine-like outgrowths from its stem called prickles. Regardless, these sharp protrusions are an annoyance to gardeners and those who enjoy the beauty of these flowers. 

The prickles actually serve a greater purpose.  They act as a deterrent against predators that would consume the plant before the buds can produce their precious pollen.  Interestingly, the bees and other insects are not impacted by the thorns, and so they continue on their mission that both directly and indirectly benefits other flora and fauna, including humans. 

Without these troublesome prickles, the likelihood of the rose surviving long enough to produce flowers at all is slim.  Without them, there’d be no beauty to enjoy. 

As I look through the rearview mirror of my life, I can see the trials I’ve encountered have made me stronger, though I must confess I did not always enjoy the process.  Yet God used them to protect me and develop a deeper walk with Him.  Without them, I’d not have known the beauty of His character and the fragrance of His unconditional love.  

Thorn bushes do have roses, and I, for one, am going to try to do better at rejoicing.