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Monday, February 9, 2015

Make Monday Matter and Celebrate with a Purpose!


The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. 
~Oprah Winfrey

Happy Monday!  I'm so glad you are here.  This is week 12 of Make Every Monday Matter and the topic is to Celebrate With A Purpose

There are large things to celebrate like birthdays and anniversaries but there are little things too.  How about celebrating a small thing like finishing a book you wanted to read or that all the laundry is done and the dirty clothes hamper is empty!  

Celebration is a state of mind and it doesn't always have to include gifts.  A celebratory shout of joy and a little dance around your kitchen is so much fun and will lift your spirits without all the stress of planning a party.  What everyday things can you find to celebrate and how can you spontaneously express that happy state of being?  I would love to hear in the comments!  

How about rethinking those big celebrations?  Worldwide there are millions of birthdays every day.  Some are elaborately celebrated and others quietly so.  

One thing that is always difficult for me at this age is when my family asks me what I want for my birthday.  I pretty much have what I need and only occasionally really find something I want to own.  I do love new experiences or classes to learn new things but those things are hard to wrap up and give as a gift.  It seems everyone still wants to give a "real" gift that can be purchased and wrapped and given.  

Every Monday Matters suggests taking a different approach to celebration...in other words to "party with a purpose" (Week 12).

The suggested action is to ask for a donation to a favorite charity in lieu of gifts.  Theme the party around the charity and provide everyone with the information needed to make a donation.  

Some possible themes could be:

For donations to a food bank, ask guests to bring canned goods and a little something to add to a soup meal for your own version of the Stone Soup story.

For donations to an organization that helps families start small agricultural businesses (for example:  Heifer International), arrange a tour of a local farm to get up close with some animals like chickens, cows and goats.

For donations of school supplies to schools where children need them, ask guests to bring scrap-booking supplies to use and share with each other AND brings a pack of pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc. to donate to a local school.  

What celebrate with a purpose party idea can you think of?  Please share with us in the comments!  

Thanks for making Monday Matter today.  I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit.  

Tomorrow's post will be the one dedicated to emergency lighting.  The post got postponed but we will pick right up and keep on going.  I hope to see you then.  

Peace be with you, 

Star Schipp 

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