040: Celebrate Intentionally

Hello Podcast Listeners, Mary here:

We live in such a future-focused society. In our personal lives, as well as within our organizations, we are intently focused on moving forward and achieving; and once something is achieved, we are on to the next thing.

We rarely take intentional time to pause, look back, reflect, and celebrate. We tend to view the idea of celebration as an indulgence, rather than as a practice to be pursued. We see it as extra fluff, not as a key step in the journey.

But not taking time to pause, reflect, and celebrate can come at a high cost. Rather than experiencing the gift of the moment, we may become focused on our fears of the future, or stuck in the disappointments of our past. As Blaise Pascal warned us, “We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so.”

This week on the Podcast we are exploring the Paterson Value of Celebrating Intentionally. Perhaps you, like me, could do with a little more of that in your life.

We know that with rest, reflection, and celebration; we gain clarity, we replenish, and we mark important points in our paths. As I write this, the date is Friday, October 11th. Tomorrow many of us will gather for Tom Paterson’s memorial service in Fort Collins, Colorado. As we gather tomorrow, we will be taking time to practice the value Tom gave us of Celebrating Intentionally. We’ll be taking time to pause, honor, and celebrate the life of one very incredible and special man that many of us dearly loved.

Celebration renews our vision and refreshes our soul; that is our hope for tomorrow, as we celebrate Tom’s life. And that is our hope for this Podcast, as it serves as an invitation to you in your own journey.

Thanks for listening,

Mary

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