Come to the Party
Our lives are like a puzzle. Each day, each event, each sorrow, each joy – all are pieces of this puzzle we call our life. Sorting out the pieces would be an impossible task if we encountered them all at once. Fortunately, each piece is revealed much like a treasure map or the clues on a scavenger hunt.
During this series we have been discussing life from the viewpoint of the Beatitudes. Someone asked me to summarize this series in one sentence. My answer is a quote from Marty Rubin: “Drink freely the wine life offers you and don’t worry how much you spill.”
We need to celebrate being alive. All too often we find ourselves competing with others. Life is not a race; it is a pace. We should spend our time realizing that our being is a gift and celebrate the party that is our life. So if we are going to consider our lives a party, how do we live that?
Every good party planner will tell you that the first step in having a successful party is the invitation list. Most of us do not have the ability to control everyone who enters our life. We can and should make sure that we ourselves come to the party that is our life. We need to be present in our living. Kevyn Aucoin explains how to do this. “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”
Next in party planning comes the actual planning. We need to awaken and give thanks for having done so. Then we need to proceed with a purpose, a plan if you will on our living. This might include some religious or spiritual aspects but it certainly must involve respect and compassion as well as courtesy toward others. Essential to every good party is lining up any needed help. No one goes through life without some help from another. We need to be confident and reach out to others for assistance. There is no shame and everything to gain when we recognize this.
Crucial to a celebration is having the space to celebrate. Whether the party is at home or at a rented venue, clearing out space to gather and be merry. The same is true for our lives. We need to take the time to declutter, both literally and figuratively. Next on my to-do list for a successful party is the item “set the stage”. All too often we forget to set ourselves up for success. Whether it is by getting the proper education and training or simply putting on a happy face and having a positive attitude, we need to prepare to be the best we possibly can.
This week is celebrated by Christians as the last big party and the sentencing and crucifixion of the man known as Jesus. This year, Jewish people are also celebrating Passover this week, a time of great meaning for them. In their own way, both holidays celebrate freedom and atonement. They remind us to forgive ourselves and to forgive others. To fail to do so is to deny one the joy of living.
One of my favorite life quotes is one said by Auliq Ice: “Laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn’t stop the rain but allows us to keep going.” I think in their own way, the Beatitudes tell us the same thing. We will encounter negativity in our lives. That is inevitable. However, with faith and determination as our windshield wipers, we can use them as lessons to keep going and celebrate the living our life is. When we decide to come to the party of life, great things are bound to happen and we will truly be free to find joy in our being.