Sweet Girl, I want you to know that celebrating is not just reserved for birthdays and holidays. In fact, every day that we wake up is cause for a celebration in and of its self.
To show you this, I must be careful in my actions. I don't want you to see me working hard, all of the time with no pause for celebration of accomplishments. Personally, I know that this has been a hard area to model a best practice behavior. Over the past year, you have seen me jump from one task to another seamlessly for months on end. Yes the to-do lists get done, but with each accomplishment, we have taken little time to celebrate.
I want you to know how to live free from the incesent need to accomplish. I want you to know that my love for you, is not based in your accomplishments. To show you that, I need to slow down and recognize my own faults in this area and break free from that burning need for accomplishment myself. I can not do this if I don't recognize that my actions have an impact on how you will view life in respect to accomplishment and celebration.
I need you to know that celebrating is just as much a part of this life as getting things done. Nope scratch that'd, celebrating should account for more of life than tasks. Tasks create things, but celebration creates joy.
I want to show you the joy of celebration. It's something that you innately know in your being, and I want to encourage that need for celebration over the need for accomplishment.
Even though my logical mind tells me that accomplishment is key to the ability to celebrate, I will allow my heart to speak more. When my brain tells me that I need to finish something before I can celebrate with you, I will choose to celebrate with you first. Knowing that a small celebration is most likely the fuel that I need to accomplish anything.
Your smile, your laugh, your 2 loose teeth right in the front are exactly what I need. These are far greater joy and reason to celebrate, than doing the dishes, checking the lists, and folding the laundry.
I chose Celebrate to be my word of the year for 2021. May I always keep it at the forefront of my mind, and choose to pause in the moment to celebrate with you sweet girl.
* “Letters To My Daughter” is a monthly series. Though the message may be short, it is always impactful. The photography for “Letters To My Daughter,” was created with a makeupless photo shoot with Ed Stewart Photography. To make sure to receive notifications of future “Letters to my Daughter” installments, subscribe at the link below!
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