I saw the book “Life is a Verb” pop up on a contact’s blog. As I always do when a book sounds interesting, I jumped right over to our library’s website and reserved it. A few days later, it was waiting for me (we have the greatest library system and I know you’re jealous). The book is interesting. At first, I was afraid it was going to call for creative journaling. Look, I love artists and I respect artists. But artistic journaling is something I’m not drawn to at all. So I was pretty afraid when I cracked the book. While the book is a little touchy-feely and has almost too many inspiring quotes, it’s a fun read with daily writing prompts. I’m not deep into it, I’m skipping the prompts, and I’m not even sure I’ll finish it. But I can absolutely understand the author’s points on every level. If I were unsure of my life or looking for a push, this is the book I’d reach for. She preaches a unique and thoughtful way to look at the world without being over-the-top New Age-y. She did write about something that I took to heart. Celebrate the smaller occasions. She even carries around candles in her purse for impromptu celebrations. I’m trying to imagine Mark’s face if I whipped out a candle, slammed it into a Starbucks’ cupcake, and praised Becks for pooping in Target’s potty. I’m guessing he wouldn’t be celebrating the celebration.
Today during our walk home from school, Cooper told me he got two awards: a Good Citizen award and a Silver award. Don’t ask me what the Silver award is for because clearly I’d get a Goose Egg award in the Good Parental Listening Ears category. But I do know that not every kid gets one. He was excited that it wasn’t Bronze. Why not celebrate? It’s Friday. There were two awards which I had to miss the ceremony because of a conference call. Let’s try this random celebrating thing out! I found some candles next to the pile of dead batteries waiting to be recycled and MacGyver’d a way to make the candle stand up. We all smiled at it and he blew it out in one proud puff. It was a good way to start the weekend. Hope you can find something to celebrate too.