Important Reasons to Smile & Jump for Joy. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons

Via on Dec 26, 2013

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“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” 

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

2013 was a big year for us all.

A new moon rover landed on the moon like a butterfly on a daisy. Typhoons and hurricanes ravaged various islands and coastal regions like vinegar and oil in a salad dressing shaker. Our government shut down swiftly, and reopened (less swiftly). Malls were attacked. Tornadoes spun wildly, and so did VMA performers. Marathon runners finished triumphantly amid bombs and blasts. Meteorites fell from the sky and hit Russia square in the face. Human stem cells were successfully cloned.

And even though all these huge things happened this year in the world, the biggest things that happened to you were much more important on a singular level.

As individual humans, we live more for the things and events that affect our own lives. Births, breakups, marriages, trips, jobs, deaths, heartbreak and successes and triumphs.

So let’s resolve to celebrate the little things.

Let’s celebrate the homemade sugar cookies. Let’s celebrate the birds that fly out of their nests for the first time. Let’s celebrate the crocuses emerging from the dirt. The frost on the windows. The cold clouds that come out of our mouths when we go to get the newspaper. The perfect (or not so perfect) yoga class. The color of egg yolk that oozes out of a fried egg.

The kiss that magically is still vibrant and exciting after years and years. The moments of imperfect meditation. The joys of not sitting cross-legged. The laughter of family and friends.

Let’s love it all!

Let’s do this!

Let’s start celebrating the small things this year! You and me! Let’s make every step juicy…as if the earth is caressing us and inviting us to celebrate with it.

We only live once, so let’s stop waiting for big things to happen and get stoked for the small stuff.

Happy New Year, lovely people.

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Editor: Cat Beekmans

Photo: Courtesy of the author.

About Jenna Penielle Lyons

Jenna Penielle Lyons was born in Portales, New Mexico among sage and sand. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho among the black rock and juniper, she grew up wandering in cowboy boots, running, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, painting, and studying classical ballet. She is a scholar of English Literature, a poet, painter, photographer, musician, and outdoorswoman. She winters in Missoula and spends the summer working for Snake River Hotshots. She is a lover of mountain bluebirds & elephants, tea & good coffee, Carl Jung, Salvador Dali, skiing, climbing in the desert, yoga, harp music, and sagebrush. Her favorite foods are borscht and any combination of chocolate and cayenne pepper. Check out her work and follow her adventures at her website.

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