On Friday night, a friend and I shared a bottle of champagne (Veuve Clicquot – my favourite) and a picnic from Marks and Spencer and Aldi (also favourites). We were celebrating the fact that she was about to book a very exciting holiday and some good things that have happened in my business life. The bottle of champagne had been languishing at the bottom of my wine rack for far too long, waiting for a moment large enough to celebrate. When I discovered this friend was also a fan of this particular champagne we decided that we would make a plan to drink it whatever our circumstances, but as it turned out, we both had great things happen. Is that coincidental?
Sometimes when good things happen to us we can be fast to move on to the next thing, without taking time to celebrate our achievements and appreciate our good fortune. Not just the massive things, but also the times when we are brave, or take a risk, or complete a project or move up a level of weights at the gym, or manage not to lose our temper with the family for a week or stay in credit with the bank or …
Let’s slow down. Reward ourselves. Take stock. Mark these occasions. Be thankful. And celebrate.
ACTION CHALLENGE: Buy some Veuve Clicquot! Or whatever your equivalent is. Choose something wonderful that has happened in the last fortnight or so and celebrate with someone their wonderful thing too. Or, if you do want a challenge here, make a list of your achievements this year and celebrate those. Well done!