With the Holiday Season comes a time of reflection over the year and a time to look forward. Although many of us face challenges and have overcome struggles in the past year, I propose that the majority of us should celebrate the non-events of the past year. What do I mean by the non-events? We all celebrate birthdays, graduations, promotions, anniversaries and other mile-stones. But do we celebrate those events that didn’t happen?
· The negative mammogram or colonoscopy
· The physical exam that showed you were healthy
· Your kids all got their teeth cleaned and examined with no cavities or other dental work that needed to be done
· You got through this year without any weight gain
· Celebrate that your kids went through the last year of school with no academic, emotional or physical problems
We feel that we have dodged a bullet for another year. We should celebrate. Celebrate and enjoy the moments of health that we have. Celebrate those days of the mundane routine of living. Celebrate that what you have been doing up to now is working. Celebrate that your relationship with your spouse is a healthy one. Celebrate that you made a difference in the lives of those around you. Celebrate that at this time you can navigate your life and lifestyle in a way that is healthy and stable.
Things will always change and this time of normality will not last for an entire lifetime. Life is a river of change. There is the turbulence and there are smooth uneventful times. The people around us come and go; our children will grow and change. So take out some time to celebrate those non-eventful times.