Thank you to Ruth Ayres for the opportunity to focus on celebrations every week!
Life is messy. There is pain. There is joy. It's all messy and confusing. It's hard. I struggle to write a post of celebration because of the world today. I hesitate because of the suffering. I hesitate because of the hurt. I don't know what to do. Everywhere you look, people insist that everyone MUST...change, talk about it, protest, speak up, be quiet...and on and on. I don't know what to do. I sit here frozen. I know that there are nine families and a church family dealing with unimaginable pain today. I don't understand. I don't pretend to understand. The only thing I know to do is to listen and learn and work to be better. Today, I will push on and celebrate as best as I can.
I celebrate talking on the phone this morning with my family.
I celebrate the quiet Saturday morning with no grading or planning hanging over my head.
I celebrate ending the school year on a high note and feeling grateful for the school where I work.
I celebrate retreats...an opportunity to recharge, to visit with friends, and to write.
I celebrate the unconditional love of my loyal dog Bella.
I celebrate showing up when things are hard.
I celebrate laughter that serves as a signal to me that there's hope.
I celebrate hope...that things can get better.I celebrate this community...readers who love and support me. I'm so grateful! I celebrate love.
President Obama just released a statement that I wanted to share. Today is Juneteenth. I didn't know what that was until today. It's the day when the slaves in Galveston, TX were finally freed...two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In addressing this celebration he says, "So no matter our color or our creed, no matter where we come from or who we love, today is a day to find joy in the face of sorrow, to count our blessings and hold the ones we love a little closer. And tomorrow is a day to keep marching." President Obama