Thursday, November 7, 2013
An online daily putting "Hooray!" in your day
Today is my oldest and dearest friend's birthday. When I think of her, I always think "celebration". Maybe it's the sparkle in her eyes or maybe it's that we have a heckuva good time when we are together, even if we are doing errands or sitting quietly listening to music. She has celebration written into her DNA. I'm looking forward to calling her and wishing her a good day, as well as singing that song-of-songs from 1893, written by Kentucky schoolteachers, Patty and Mildred Hill, "Happy Birthday to you!"
The birthday celebration is a relatively modern idea, and only came into regular practice when calendars were made popular and common. The celebrations began as a pagan tradition to ward off evil spirits that lurked during days of change, like those when turning a year older. Well-wishers and noisy celebrants kept the unlucky forces at bay, not only for the person on their birthday, but for the revelers themselves. continued at THD Blog
THD Poster (Get Your Hooray On!)
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to YOUUUU, Happy Birthday dear [insert here], Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu
Check out the birthdays, congrats and thank yous on the Shout-Outs page! Then go hug a random stranger for no other reason than that they are there! Yippee! (No, we are NOT crazy, just happy.)
THD's Favorite Video of the Week
The Touching Strangers project by photographer, Richard Rinaldi, will move you...Go ahead, be moved...
THD Quotes (To Bolster Your Hooray)
For your birthday, I got you a box. Hooray! It’s empty, so you can fill it with whatever you want. ”
People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state--it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle.... Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one's actions.
-- Abraham Joshua Heschel
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
-- Oprah Winfrey
It takes a long time to become young.
-- Pablo Picasso