Walked into the post office last week to buy stamps to mail out Birthday cards for my niece and nephew. Usually I purchase ‘love’ stamps since I believe that the expression of love need not be limited to special occasions. I even put them on my bills, since I know checks written for services rendered can be imbued with that powerful energy as well. This time, my eyes were drawn to rainbow colorful stamps with the jumping-up-and-down-for-attention word CELEBRATE! spelled out on them. I knew I had to change my plan and get those instead, to adorn the envelopes about to wing their way southward.
That simple gesture conjured up a memory from a few years back. I was working in a counseling center and one of my clients had lived in a group home setting for many years and had a chronic mental health diganosis. I referred to her as the ‘cruise director’ because she was always coming up with activities for the other residents who shared the space with her, to participate in. They ranged from trips to the mall or a movie to time hanging out at a local coffee shop, or game night. When I commented on her talent for enlivening things for her peers, she smiled and said “Oh, I just like throwing little parties for myelf and invite other people to come along.” What a brilliant way of seeing things. This woman could easily have felt sorry for herself, but instead, chose to shift her perception. A Course In Miracles describes a miracle in just that way. When you change how you view something, everything changes.
When the word CELEBRATE comes to mind, right on its kickin’ up heels comes the brilliantly glowing image of SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) a work of he(art) heralding from San Francisco. The “Succulent Wild Woman” who beckons us to “live juicy!”, entered my life in the early 1990’s and inspires me in so many ways and in fact, although she doesn’t yet know it; was a catalyst for the birth of Bliss Mistress.
Her artistry takes the form of art, writing, speaking, coaching and ‘couching’. SARK has made napping an art form:) Her first job in kindergarten was ‘wake up fairy’. It was her task to awaken her classmates from their naps. She is still waking us up! Her magical website is www.planetsark.com
So, as you enter into your weekend, how will you celebrate your life, knowing that it need not be an occasion any more special than the miracle of a brand new day, as yet unlived?