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by Lisa Hjelmstad, LCSW, LMFT, LAC on 08/27/12

How often do we take things for granted or overlook the little things in life that give us joy or a reason to pause and be thankful?   When I began reflecting on this question, I am aware that there are many people, places and things I have missed celebrating over time.    Thankfully, there are many more events, relationships and experiences I have been able to observe, participate in and or be present for that give me a sense of fulfillment, joy and satisfaction.   My hope is that I will continue to honor those moments, the people who come into my life and those places where I may spend time and that I may choose to do so more often today than what I was able to yesterday.     

In my practice in working with others I wish to share this belief: that is important to take in, contribute to and honor everything about the experience of living.  It is a gift to be fully present for the moments that are both heart wrenching and those that are gratifying.   It is a gift to be able to claim ownership of our involvement in the process while giving the experience to others with whom we share the moment.   Even more powerful, the ability to share the experience with others who may be absent, but present in our heart, our mind and our soul as we take in the totality of the spirit of living. 

I take comfort in the belief that my experience today somehow is connected with the experiences I have had before and those yet to come.  And in the belief that the entirety of  humankind is interconnected and purposeful.  My relationships today, no matter how powerful or mundane, will create moments in time, a history and a future, for those with whom I share them and those yet to come.    I am grateful to all those before me that had an impact in allowing me to celebrate the whole of living; the good, bad, ugly, and the beautiful. 

And, I am mindful of my responsibility to continue to celebrate life by participating, creating meaning, and maintaining an awareness of the spirit.  Honoring the sacred nature of life is truly celebrating. 



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