February 23

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION - Wedding Feast
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION – Wedding Feast

It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going. Anthony Burgess

Life gives us plenty of occasions to celebrate; we celebrate births, coming of age, graduations, weddings, birthdays, Valentine’s, recovery of health, death, and much more. The more we find reason to show gratitude for the life we have, the greater our quotient of joy increases. When we look at events in our lives, instead of focusing on the negative things that crossed our path, we can look for the lessons and the blessings in those events and use them as a catalyst for growth. When we wake up in the morning and feel ourselves motivated to get out of bed and follow our dreams, we should celebrate the impulse behind our actions. It takes a superior machine to keep our body and mind functioning, and that machine can develop kinks in it if we stay sour. Smile. Believe in yourself. Be grateful for what is. How has your day been going? Have you stopped to celebrate the breath you take and the life force coursing through your veins?


“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION - Black History Month
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION – Black History Month

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall, first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court

What have you celebrated in your life today? Some of us never take risks or seize opportunities that cross our path because we are waiting for the perfect moment; presumably, the best time. While there might be more fortuitous moments in our lives, it is important to find every chance to rejoice, celebrate and be grateful for what is. When we start with the small things, they grow into a motivated movement that can lead to major changes in our communities and the world. This is Black History Month and if you studied your history books, you’d know that the movement for change was not an easy one but with every step of the way, moments of failure, were met with opportunities for victory. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr and many others found moments to celebrate the struggle and to galvanize people from all walks of life to gather for the collective good.


“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” M. Scott Peck

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION -  Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION – Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Goat

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde

This year, we celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 19th, and it is the year of the Goat/Sheep. If you’ve ever lived on a farm, you’d know that goats are generally mild-mannered, persevering and cheerful animals that are very useful to the farm. They help clear the grass, produce milk made into cheese, produce offspring to increase the farmer’s lot, and when there is an important occasion to celebrate, their meat becomes a vital part of the celebratory meal. By the same token, we can take the lessons learned from these animals and apply them to the world we inhabit. How do we contribute to the joy of others? How do we make ourselves useful so others can find cheer in our company and celebrate with us? Even if you don’t feel quite goat-like, spend some time and figure out your raisons d’être. Reflect on it, and then go out and celebrate your good fortunes with others.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for February are:
02/02 – Attitude
02/09 – Love
02/16 – Leadership – Honoring Presidents’ Day
02/26 – Celebration
03/02 – READ


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“Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures.” Sam Walton

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION -  Holi Festival in Utah
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION – Holi Festival in Utah

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that’s a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated. Lucille Clifton

I love Holi; it’s often seen as a festival of colors and love, because it gives people a way to come out and play and connect with their inner child. Celebration which fills us with happiness is good for our health and so, any time we jump for joy and hug each other, we are connecting at a deep and healing level. When do you make time to celebrate yourself? When do you meet up with family and friends for a chat, a meal and a stroll in the park? Life is full of hills and valleys, and we shouldn’t sit around waiting for the next hill or valley to appear before we go out and kiss the earth or wave at the sky. Do not let fear get in your way. Enjoy the life you have NOW. Celebrate it.


“I love any and all situations where you celebrate creativity.” Brad Paisley

Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION -  A Joyful Party
Motivation Mondays: CELEBRATION – A Joyful Party

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” Walt Whitman

Celebration has always been an important part of my life. In my father’s village in Nigeria, we celebrated everything from birth through the end of life. One thing that always endeared me to the community was how they would gather, when a person recovered from an illness or accident, and celebrate their recovery with a party. Why not? Think about the energy of healing and goodwill that is shared when people rejoice over each others good fortune. Imagine the clarity that comes when we celebrate the lessons learned from our failures, with wisdom and gratitude. When I came to the US, I got quite sick during my first year of graduate school. I had to take a semester off to recover. As an act of gratitude, I celebrated my recovery with a catered brunch. Some people were mystified by my actions until I explained the cultural connections and the implications that arise from honoring the good in our lives. Go out and find occasions to celebrate. Create your own and rejoice in it.

Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate all that you are. Rejoice for the good and the bad for there are lessons everywhere.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Holi in Utah, Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Goat, Black History Month, Wedding Feast in front of a Farm by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel c. 1620Hip, Hip, Hurrah! (1888) by Peder Severin Krøyer, via Wikipedia.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • We had our own Chinese new Year celebration here at home. We just kept it quiet, but celebrated just the same.

  • I like when my family is around to celebrate any occassion. I wish we could all get together more often!

  • I love a good celebration. This year my friend and I are celebrating her 40th birthday a little off the wall (pun intended). We’re heading to Yosemite to go rock climbing (we’ve both been climbing since 1995) so we’re super excited!!!!

  • I always love reading your motivation Monday posts! I love celebrating any time I can with friends & family!

  • This is a great reminder to appreciate everything you have right in the moment. I have fallen off the horse on this lately and need to get back on.

  • I love celebrations, they are always so festive and happy; it’s such a beautiful thing.

  • I agree with you. I think we should celebrate each and everyday. After all, God gives us a new opportunity each day.

  • For my husband and I, all of our parents and siblings/nieces/nephews all live within 70 miles of each other so every occasion is a huge celebration

  • Love your motivation monday posts, I have always been brought up to cherish and be proud of where I come from and I am so grateful for that.

  • When I went to school at BYU, I always went to Holi! It was a ton of fun!! It’s fun to see pictures of it to remind me of those good times!

  • I agree, there’s always something to celebrate any it’s good for us! Love the photos of the CNY parade– where is that??

  • Any excuse to celebrate is a good one! We never know what tomorrow may bring, so it’s always good to create opportunities to spend time with loved ones.

  • what a great motivation post…it’s always good to celebrate something with family and good friends.

  • I think I’d read that Chinese New Year is usually celebrated for two weeks? Anyway, I think we should find something in every day to celebrate.

  • I think its important for our health and spiritual well being to find a reason everyday to celebrate. Even if it’s just because we got another day.

  • Omg another great post!!! Very motivational indeed!!! Loving the celebration photos 🙂

  • Great inspirational post! We should always celebrate the little things each day as well as the big occasions as they are just as important!

  • Beautiful post – love your motivation tip to celebrate all that you are and I so like practicing this – “The more we find reason to show gratitude for the life we have, the greater our quotient of joy increases. “

  • Thanks for the reminders. It’s so much easier for us to look at the bad stuff and not really focus on the beauty of everything else sometimes.

  • I love your posts. I am always in need of some motivation,. Especially on Mondays.

  • Everyday should be a celebration. In March I spend the month celebrating my heritage, my family, and where both sides of my family come from. It also gives me a chance to share that with others as well as teach kiddo.

  • I love that Oprah quote, and it is so true! I love any reason to have a celebration, and they are so important to mark a special time in our lives, a milestone, or just plain enjoy life and all that we have.

  • I try to celebrate what I have in my life every day. The Holi festival looks like a lot of fun. I would love to go.

  • I think that every one needs to get a motivating moment in their days. Thank you so much for all of the great posts.

  • I love this. Life most definitely should be a celebration. Thanks for this uplifting reminder. The pictures were beautiful.

  • Your posts really motivate me! I needed to read this today — sometimes I’m so busy looking forward or backward that I’m not celebrating or rejoicing in the moment. Thank you for the great perspective and quotes.

  • Wow, the Holi Festival in Utah looks amazing, so colourful. Life should always be full of celebration and in turn be celebrated itself.

  • These pictures are so beautiful & fun. Infact a great motivational post from you like you do always. After all getting together & celebrating an event is so important in life. Thanks for inspiring.

  • I love the art you picked. Such a motivational post. Thank you. I needed it 🙂

  • “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” More true words have never been spoke. I try to celebrate everything in life.

  • yeah, we always find something to celebrate with people we love. meanwhile, we sometimes didn’t realize that we feel very thankful for what we celebrate.
    btw, Happy Chinese New Year. Wish us a good year ahead.

  • Love the image of the celebration in Utah – so colourful and joyful! Lovely post! Today I am celebrating the fact I have been quite productive… this is a good thing! 🙂 Sim x

  • There;s a lot of reasons for us people to celebrate life as we know it. Great share of your own thoughts in here!

  • Although it’s not a Monday, anyone can use a motivation at any day of the week. Thanks for continuously sharing motivation!

  • Life gives us plenty of occasions to celebrate.. For me it good health cos without it I wont be doing what I’m doing today.

  • Interesting topic about celebrating ourselves, keeping positive only! Great photos of black history month, Chinese new year and Holi. Never heard of Holi before. What culture or religion?

    • Holi is a festival that marks the coming of Spring; it usually occurs in March. It is a spring festival also known as festival of colors/festival of love. It is of Hindu origin and celebrated by people of all faiths who live in areas where the celebrations occur.

  • I celebrate my being alive everyday. I keep thanking the Almighty for an addition in my life. And hey, I will have my graduation so soon! Quite excited now, another degree done! haha This is a great reminder for me to that indeed life is a present, it’s a celebration!

  • Celebration is one of our ways to show our gratitude. I like the photo of the color powder ceremony and I’m also happy to be part of such a celebration 3 times now.

  • Spring is coming and the spring spirit is already in the air, the whole nature awakens for new life. Let’s celebrate the transition from the winter cold and grayness into the joyful colors of spring with a lot of mirth and positive vibrations!

  • Today, I celebrate all the precious people who’ve come into my life. They motivate me and they empower me. 🙂

  • another inspiring motivation Monday post. The buttom line of all these celebrations we have is that God is always there to give His children the best. All we have to do is always be appreciative and grateful of what we have share each blessing with received to others.

  • Good read as always. The bottom line of all these celebrations we have is that God is always there to give His children the best. All we have to do is always be appreciative and grateful of what we have share each blessing with received to others.

  • Great piece as always! I definitely agree with you. Gratitude can take us to many places, if only more people will adopt this attitude. In the family, I’m actually the one who’s always in a celebratory mood. There are several times that I’m more than excited for someone’s birthday than the celebrant him/herself. Haha! Anyway, thank you for this wonderful post that somehow served as a reminder for me. 🙂

  • I just love your motivational posts! Especially after long weeks like this one! <3

  • “Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures.” Sam Walton

    Love this! very true. we celebrate when we accomplished something. we should not overthink and move on fast to our failures.

  • Whatever culture or religion you belong to, celebrations has always been an important part of the traditions. this post reminded me how important it is to celebrate the happiness in life!

  • another great read! celebrating with others always brings people together no matter what the holiday is

  • Had recently celebrated the Chinese New Year with the family. I always look forward to these family gaatherings as it fosters warmth and love.

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