Celebration Creativity

It’s the holidays! Party after party! Present after present! Food and more food! Afterwards … What is left to celebrate?

If you are anything like me, despite the overfilling and overload of the holiday celebrations, I can end up feeling quite empty indeed. After the holidays as I remove the decorations that filled me with such joy before the date, I find that my house looks sad, dejected and very, very plain. The days ahead loom very, very ordinary. The contrast is stark.

I often sense the same cycle in my creative life. I enjoy the highs of celebrating a CD release, publishing a poetry book, getting a song licensed, or being told that someone heard one of my songs playing on the radio in Ireland! Break out the champagne, happy dance! 

Then Monday comes, I need to write another song, practice guitar, and do the laundry. Again.

But what if everyday ordinary life is something to celebrate? What if our days could be marked by a respect for their arrivals and passings? What if each day were the real deal, where dreams come true and memories are made?


As I reflect on this during the harried and hurried holiday season, I desire to lean into my regular old life with celebration. And I want my art to reflect that. I want to write poetry that comes from somewhere deep within this very human heart of mine. I want to photograph life as it comes, in all its beauty and sometimes caught unaware in its ugliness. I want to write songs that speak to the common connections that all of us share, and embrace the epic human drama as it unfolds. 

I want my art to celebrate every day, dare I say each average moment, the little things, the tiny seconds of our busy lives that zoom by - yet shape us in untold ways. Seize the day … cheers! 

How do you celebrate each and every day? How does it reflect in your creativity?



Thank you Cecelia for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog! :) I appreciate it and will make it a point to visit yours as well. Happy New Year --- here's to writing!!
Hi, I saw your comment on The Positive Writer post about fear. I have some of the same fears about not receiving very many comments, Then I some very endearing comments. http:/quietspirit-following my king.blogspot.com
Thanks for reading Kate :) Children are often the ones who remember what life is all about and show us the way! Hoping you all have a beautiful present-to-the-moment day!!
Hi Marianne, I find myself feeling lost in the shuffle of the holiday craziness. There's so much to do and so much hype, I start to feel overwhelmed. I miss loved ones that aren't here anymore. I try to focus on Jesus and seeing Christmas through a child's eyes again. My view is tainted by an adult's perspective. So this Monday morning, before I wake up my 6 year old for school, I'll say a little prayer as we're looking for her Elf on a Shelf's new placement, thank you for allowing me to see it through her eyes! As always m- I love your writing. Great blog post- sure can relate and enjoyed the read. Hugs & Happy Holidays

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