Cause to Celebrate

I stroll in the yard,
dry as an arid desert.
Drought drains most of life,
but they persevere, soaking
up occasional showers

Follow their guidance,
no surrendering,
joy imparts effortlessly.
Even through difficulties
cause to celebrate sweeps in.

So much is happening in the world to feed anxiety. But there is also cause to feel the joy that nature offers and to learn from her messages. And the desire to celebrate always sweeps its way into our lives to help keep our minds balanced in order to move forward.
For my husband and I, today we celebrate our beautiful daughter’s 30th birthday. πŸ’ž
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and one filled with joy and Cause to Celebrate!

Lauren Scott (c) β€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈ

67 thoughts on “Cause to Celebrate

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this poem, Molly. I think we all need a bit of encouragement, especially in these stressful times. Thank you for your kind words and birthday wishes for my daughter. πŸ™‚

      1. Haha! Well, she is our oldest, so it feels surreal. I think it hits harder when they’re no longer in their 20s. Cheers to our great kids and to support of those strong bones! πŸ™‚

  1. A beautiful poem, Lauren, sharing how nature continues to persevere despite challenges. I read this a few times and the words β€œguidance” β€œjoy imparts effortlessly” stay with me. Many words in my radar this past week are the lessons from nature. I will listen. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. A reason for a celebration! ❀️

    1. Thanks so much for your beautiful comment, Erica! The words you highlighted are ones that stay with me too. Listening to nature is a must for a calm mind, isn’t it? Thanks also for your birthday wishes for my daughter. She had a great celebration, which will continue throughout the month. It’s fun when that happens, and really should for a milestone, right? πŸ™‚ I hope all is well with you and take good care.
      Hugs πŸ’—

    1. Hello Bookowl,
      Thanks so much for nominating me for this award. I truly appreciate it, but I don’t participate in awards anymore. I’ve had this blog for over ten years. πŸ™‚
      Anyway, thanks again, and I’ll visit your blog soon. Take care! πŸ€—

  2. Ah, what a beautiful poem to celebrate your sweet daughter’s birthday, Lauren! Happy Birthday to Steph and many hugs to the beautiful mom! πŸ€— Sending my best wishes to all the family! πŸ₯‚πŸ’πŸ€—β€

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment and wishes, Marina! And for the hugs too! Big hugs to you, dear friend! πŸ₯°πŸŽ‰β€οΈπŸ₯°πŸŽ‰πŸ₯°πŸŽ‰β€οΈ

  3. Lauren, a beautiful post and thank you for the reminder that there is always a cause to celebrate – sometimes we just have to be open to the opportunity! I love your photos and poem! Also congratulations to your daughter and hope you’ve all had very special birthday celebrations! It’s my birthday this week and I’m still like a kid on the day, very excited. Alas, the first one without my son here so doing something a bit different with a birthday picnic on the beach! (For once the sun is promising to shine!!) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. xx

    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Annika. I like what you said about us needing to be open to the opportunity. Exactly! I’m so glad you loved the photos and poem. We are in a severe drought here in California, but our lantana are doing just fine. So they inspired me, but then I wanted to tie it into my daughter’s birthday. A fun night, but more celebrating to come this month. It’s nice when the celebrating continues. πŸ™‚ And a big Happy Birthday to you, too! I’m like you. I get very excited, especially as we get older, it’s great to celebrate another year of life. That’s my take on it! I can understand how it feels different without your son there. But your plans sound like another kind of “Perfect” so I wish you a perfect celebration on your special day, hoping the sun behaves also!
      Have a wonderful weekend, too! Hugs πŸ’•πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰

  4. Lovely thoughts Lauren. Things are changing again in my life at the moment although Im not really ready to blog about it but your post was really encouraging. Happy Birthday to your daughter too and i hope you have fun as you celebrate. My daughter Charlotte is also 30 soon, how time flies. Im starting to make an album of photos of 30 years of her life. Its going to take some doing and Im wishing I had written ages on the photos. xx

    1. Thanks for your lovely words, Alison, but I hope you’re doing okay. I’ll watch for a blog post when you’re ready…Thanks also for the birthday wishes for my daughter. She is our oldest, so it still sounds a little surreal to my husband and I when we say we have a 30-year-old. πŸ™‚ Yes, time sure flies, doesn’t it? I think that album will be a treasured keepsake, and I’m sure your daughter will love it. I made a “first year” album for my son and daughter. That was fun to put together. And then my husband took charge of photo albums over the years. It’s fun flipping through the pages of the past 30 years. My, how we were young! πŸ™‚ Anyway, have fun with your project and thanks again for your lovely comment. πŸ’ž

    1. Thanks for your insightful words, Mark, and for your birthday wishes. She had a wonderful day, but the milestone celebrating will continue throughout the month. It’s fun when that happens. πŸ™‚

  5. A beautiful poem, Lauren. Despite all the troubles in the world, there are still reasons to feel grateful and to celebrate. Congrats on your daughter’s birthday. Is it strange having a 30 year old kid? My daughter is closing in on 40 and I still think she’s 18 when I look at her. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoyed the day.

    1. Thanks for your beautiful words, Diana. I find myself sometimes overwhelmed with current events and climate change, especially living in CA that burns each year. So, I think I needed a poem of hope and encouragement. Thanks for your birthday wishes too. Yes, whenever my husband and I say that we have a 30-year-old now, it feels a bit surreal and we feel a bit older. πŸ™‚ But like you said, she still seems 18. She had a great birthday and the celebration will continue throughout this month. It’s always fun when that happens. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your holiday! Hugs!

      1. Oregon has been on fire too, so I know the worries. And covid came to call in our town yesterday in a big way. There’s always hope, but an end in sight would be nice! Find reasons for joy and celebration whenever you can. ❀

      2. My husband was going to a motorcycle rally at Hood River last month – a trip planned for almost a year. Then he read more about covid up there. So he chose not to go. It was disappointing, but better to not take the risk. All of our outdoor plans this summer have been scratched due to covid or the fires. Sigh. But we’re healthy and that’s what matters. Yes, an end in sight would be nice. You do the same and stay well. πŸ’—

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