I’m learning to celebrate good things no matter how small. Coming from a faith tradition that emphasizes sacrifice, I feel downright decadent when I unreservedly celebrate the good, or when I linger for a moment (or several moments) to savour beauty, or when I decide to throw a party just because it’s finally spring!” – Chrystal Westbrook, Embracing celebration
I have been looking forward to today’s post and the opportunity to share this photo that I enjoy so much. Seriously, could there be any better picture of pure celebration than these kids playing in this huge fountain? It’s an everyday afternoon in summer, nothing more than that. Not a big holiday. No special circumstances. All that these kids know is that none of their grown-ups are nagging them to stay dry, plus there’s a giant frog gushing water out of its mouth! So they are diving in and splashing with all their hearts. And perhaps the sculptures decorating the fountain are excellent examples of the beauty that can be created by talented artists, but I think the children are finding beauty in the way the water shoots through the sky and surrounds them as it falls.
Seeing these children teaches me something about celebrating beauty. It doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. It doesn’t have to be expensive or exotic. Just about the only requirement for celebrating beauty is a willingness to jump into the experience whenever the opportunity presents itself. The truth of the matter is that our adult souls need the benefits of celebrating beauty every bit as much as our child souls did.
This is Day 16 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is nurturing my senses by experiencing and celebrating all kinds of beauty, in this case the beauty of freely enjoying simple pleasures. The next time you have the opportunity, go ahead….jump in the fountain with the kids.