You wake up with a backache, sore toe, indigestion or unexplained feeling of discomfort. One of these happens to most of us many mornings. While we would prefer to bound out of bed preparing to tackle the world, that joy and feeling are available if you reach for them.

Find reasons each day to celebrate something. The options are endless. For instance, a quick reference to the Internet will disclose that today is the birthday of singer Samantha Sang, American songwriter Seth Swirsky and martial artist Sean Sherk. No, the majority of us don’t communicate with any or all of these folks but we can certainly celebrate the fact that they are having special days.

Those are only the beginning of facts to celebrate. On this day in 1861, the process of flogging was abolished. In 1882, Standard Oil of New Jersey was established and in 1957, “American Bandstand” premiered on network TV. Before you consider responding, “who cares?” be confident of the fact that there are as many reasons to celebrate today as your aches or pains.

Celebrate finishing your race, no matter what your time. Celebrate the fact that you have a loving family that cherishes and admires you. Celebrate the sunshine or rain, whatever you have available. Whining about either will have no effect and your state of mind as well as those around you will be enhanced by your interpretation.

If all that falls short of your celebration minimum, consider this:

Why,” the man in the brown hat laughed at him, “I thought everybody knew ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.’ If you say ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’—three times, just like that—first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you’ll get a present before the end of the month.”

Winchester, Simon (2 November 2006).

Find someone you treasure and on the first of the month or at the beginning of the day say, “Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.” It can’t possibly do any harm and may begin a chain reaction of events for both of you to celebrate. Shalom.


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