2008-06-06 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Celebrations
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES June is a month of celebrating beginnings and endings. Our calendars fill up with weddings, christenings, graduations and retirements. All occasions for celebrating, in most instances.

Beginnings and endings are markers, albeit arbitrarily manmade. We mark the beginning of our road to achievement of dreams anticipated and we mark the end of performance

and goals met.

I often see wistfulness in the eyes of the "in-betweens" at these ceremonies. Lingering memories of dashed dreams, failed performance and goals not met. We should have a celebration for those people as well. "In-between" is a real place in eternity.

It seems that when you are too young to have completed something or too old to begin anew, there is no reason to be recognized for where you are in your life.

I got to thinking that each one of us should mark on his or her calendar quarterly periods of celebration of his or her life.

Similar to a virtual report card. Every quarter, choose a month with which you particularly resonate, and plan a celebration of your life to that point in time.

This will give you time to set small goals for achievement or to plan a soiree with friends whose company you enjoy. That alone is an accomplishment. To have friends whose company you enjoy.

We all dutifully make our quarterly deposits for banking and tax purposes. Making deposits into our eternity account is equally as important, as the yield will compound much more over time.

Marking points in our life gives us a sense of cycles and patterns. When we become conscious of these, we can build a reliable database of experiences for ourselves. We can see how we invested and where and what the dividend was. We can make changes in our quarterly investments in this way so as not to "lose our shirts." Investing in your life, be it physical, emotional or spiritual, is a matter of conscious decision making based on past experiences. When you invest wisely you limit your exposure to the downside and maximize your profits. You can be happy and grow rich in the abundance of your own life's choices.

Start now. This is June. Did you graduate on some level? Did you end something? Did you begin anew in some way? Rev up the BBQ and have a party! It is a positive way to start the summer. Surround yourself with people you love and those whom you respect and admire. Ask advice. Share your own. Build community and a strong support system. Celebrate your life! There is no time like the present. And speaking of the present….buy yourself one!

Congratulations to all life's achievers! The course is plotted over time and we have all the time in the world to realize our achievements. What appears to have been a misstep may be just the change of direction that you needed, when viewed in hindsight. So, pace yourself, check in quarterly and enjoy the ride!

May The Blessings Be!

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