What are you working on right now? Trying to finish reading a book? Got a project at work that just won’t end? Learning how to manage your time and incorporate a new habit into your life?
The other day I gave a presentation for a group at our church. It was my first time to speak about the pilgrimage I went on this summer, and I spent a lot of time collecting my thoughts and preparing.
I made a slideshow of pictures to go along with my talk. I dug through my memories and picked one particularly painful one to share because it felt like it would serve this group the most.
I spent a lot of time on it.
It went well; I felt like I was really able to engage and serve my audience.
Then I got home, flipped on my phone and began speed reading through an e-book that was due the next day.
As I was reading, my mind wandered a bit. My husband had been at my presentation and as I was leaving he said he was proud of me. I found I was craving hearing those words again, so I called him and asked if we could spend a couple minutes celebrating my accomplishment together.
Of course he said yes.
So at our dining room table at dinner that evening we took a couple of minutes so I could relish in this accomplishment. I talked about how I felt it had gone well and how much I enjoyed preparing and presenting.
He celebrated with me further by affirming my hard work and reminding me that in and of itself was something to celebrate.
When was the last time you celebrated a small victory?
I’m realizing I don’t do it enough.
What I found when I took a moment to pause, journal and reflect on my talk—and then share that reflection with my husband—was it made the accomplishment more real. I was able to mark the moment as one of many in a long journey toward somewhere I’d like to go.
So often though I close a book and immediately start the next, so to speak.
What I found this past week was when I took a moment for celebration, even a quick one, I felt more like the thing was done, and I was more excited to take on the next.
Is there something you’ve made progress on that you’re proud of? Need someone to tell about it? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below so I can celebrate with you!