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Saturday, June 14, 2014

CELEBRATE This Week: XXXV


I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter.

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Today marks 35 Saturdays we have been coming together to celebrate. Thirty-five seems weighty. Thirty-five Saturdays and we have sustained celebration.

I don't know about you, but I don't always feel like celebrating each Saturday. It occurred to me recently, that it's kind of weird to celebrate when you don't feel like it.


Who sits down at the end of a rotten week and says, "Let's celebrate!" It makes me think we are all a little weird. Because I'm guessing you don't always have a great week. More often than not, the week was probably a little messy and a lot hectic. Things didn't go your way. There were misunderstandings and missed appointments and missed people. On Saturday mornings you brew a cup of something warm, stand a little haggered at the kitchen counter, take a deep breath and force a smile.

Smiles seem to help find the celebration.

Standing there, I feel the pause in the day. There is a pause in every day, for each of us. We have to be still, but we can find it. Even in the craziest of days, there is always a pause.

It is the pause that CELEBRATE This Week has insisted that I find. It is through your celebrations that I've found the significance in celebrating. I'm struck by the genuineness of this community.

Your celebrations aren't about showing off. They aren't about putting one person above another. Quite the contrary. It has been through your celebrations that I have been able to find my own. It is your story, your grit that inspires me to keep finding celebration, even though it seems weird to look for the celebration in the mess.


Celebration saves me. I'm thankful to have a pause each week to allow celebration to rescue me each week. I'm glad you are part of the journey and I hope you invite someone else to come along, because it's not magic, it's simply pure, irrevocable joy that is waiting to be discovered each week.
 

18 comments:

  1. 35 Saturdays?!?! Wow! That's amazing!!! I'm proud to be part of this community! Thank you !!

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  2. I had hoped that no one would notice that haggered look :-). You are so right, not every week is brimming with celebratory moments, but that pause to search for it, does bring strength to me.

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  3. I too find inspiration in other's celebrations.

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  4. 35-Wow! Out of town-no post, but with my grandson whose eye is better each day! Celebrating a Lot! And looking forward to All-Write!

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    1. So happy to read the news about your grandson!

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    2. Like Loralee, I'm happy to read your good news. Have lots of fun at All Write!

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  5. Ruth- this is so beautifully and perfectly said. Sometimes this celebration fuels me, sometimes it is such celebration that I feel my words bounce across the page and sometimes it is absolutely about "saving" because when we can see the amazing in all of the mess, we are truly blessed. Thank you for giving us all the opportunity each week to do all of these things!

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  6. Thank you so much for doing this ...week after week ...no matter what.

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  7. I think I like it more when people end up sharing something to celebrate when they don't feel like it because it's such an exercise to find the silver lining. I hope that ability in ourselves never disappears!

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  8. It is because of your invitation to celebrate that I am weird. I love that! I agree that this is a very genuine community. It is through the celebrations of others that I am able to find celebrations at the end of a tough week. Thank you.

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  9. Love this, Ruth. Even in the middle of not so celebratory times, I find I look for things to write about on Saturday. It is about finding the silver lining!

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  10. You're right, it's not magic. However, looking for the celebration in the mess has a magical effect on us. Some weeks I'm eager to share and some weeks I'm searching for something to share, but I always find something. Thanks, Ruth, for leading the charge every week.

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  11. Last week I was too tired to have a festive celebration. Today I have something joyful to share. I like both kinds of celebrations. Best of all I like being in this community.

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  12. I love the way you end this post: "it's simply pure, irrevocable joy that is waiting to be discovered each week." And as you say, it often can be difficult to find that joy. Thank you for reminding us how important this is.
    I'm celebrating a student's success this week:
    http://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/a-saturday-celebration/

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  13. Reading your words is a celebration, Ruth. I always feel better afterwards, like the day's third sip of coffee. The first two are always about survival, but the third invites savoring and gratitude. Thank you for inviting everyone into your words.

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  14. I agree with you 100%, Ruth. It is not easy, each and every week, to find something to celebrate. Those are the weeks I sit quietly on the sidelines. But then, those small moments that are really "huge" come along, and I just have to share. I savor those small celebrations or "pauses."
    I can't wait to see you this week!

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  15. I really needed to read your post and visit here again, Ruth. Thank you!

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  16. Ruth, thank you for reminding me the importance of writing, even when I don't feel like it and when it seems like there's nothing to celebrate.

    It was nice to know that I'm not the only one who has those weeks/days and wonders what to celebrate. There is always something though, and it is nice to have a reminder and a place to share.

    Looking forward to seeing you this week,
    Jen

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