The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate
– Oprah Winfrey
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a list of little known holidays. I discovered some really fun ones! For example, did you know that May 4th is Star Wars Day, closely followed by Dance like a Chicken Day on May 14th? May 9th is Lost Sock Memorial Day, and July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Some of these occasions are kind of silly, but a few seemed especially worthy of jotting down on my calendar – I’m looking forward to sharing an act of kindness on Cheer Up the Lonely Day and the International Day of Friendship, not to mention indulging on Cheesecake day and Milk Chocolate day. Take a look and see what special days you can celebrate with friends and loved ones. After all, we’re all on this earth for such a short time, why not have fun, share and make every day special!
Which leads me to a holiday that I hope you’ll celebrate on its designated date, and every day of the year.
Thursday, August 25th is national Kiss and Make up Day.
I can’t think of a more positive way to spend a day than to purposefully let go of grudges, large and small. After all, your entire being is made up of energy, and in order to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit, you have to allow that energy to flow freely. When you refuse to forgive, the resentment and anger you hold onto acts as toxic sludge, blocking the flow and slowing down the movement of energy, and preventing you from manifesting love, happiness, and success!
Each and every one of us has had a fight with someone at some point in our lives. Whether it is between you and a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker, after time has passed you might not even remember the cause. Was it your fault? Was it their fault? Was it anyone’s fault? Do you want the hurt feelings and resentment to go on any longer? Choosing forgiveness is a beautiful gift to give yourself and the world – as well as the person you’re forgiving. So, on August 25th, I challenge you to think of someone you’d like to “kiss and make us with!”
Making up doesn’t have to include long apologies or justifications on either side. That can make things worse and reopen old wounds. Just reaching out in a loving way can be enough. You might even find that the other person has been thinking of you, missing your company and wanting to make amends. If you’re not sure how to take that first step to forgiveness, I have a few tips for you.
Ready to Kiss and Make Up? Here are some ideas to help you let go and move forward…
- Share a happy memory. Rather than dredging up details of your disagreement, reach out to your friend to reminisce about a good time that you had together. Remind them of that concert you attended, or the trip you took together, or the time they helped you to move into your new apartment. It’s so much more fun to relive good times, and it paves the way for more!
- Tell them what you admire about them. Everyone loves to feel acknowledged, so let someone know that you appreciate their talents and abilities. A graceful way to do that is to ask their advice on decorating, gardening, choosing a new car – whatever they’re good at!
- Use social media. Bridging the gap and getting reconnected can start with something as simple as a funny meme shared via Instagram or tagging your friend in a photo on Facebook.
- Give a little gift that you know they’ll enjoy. Surprise someone with flowers, a cute coffee mug, or another thoughtful gesture to let them know that ready to mend fences and move on!
- Just say I’ve missed you – and never underestimate the power of a hug!
I hope you’ll mark August 25th on your calendar and share the gift of forgiveness with someone in your life. You’ll feel lighter and happier when you Kiss and Make Up. And be sure to call into my Hay House Radio Show this Tuesday at 11:00 am Pacific time to share your story with me!