I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… then try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.

~Ron White

When I was younger I was certain that life was one big party. Now… well, I still think that. Only, it turns out that it’s a complicated, unpredictable one where the guests don’t always party responsibly. I recently found my original party invitation and this time I got out my trusty magnifying glass to read the fine print. I’ve enlarged the print and posted it below for you. Maybe you’ll find it helpful.

The universe is throwing a big party and we’re all invited!

Here are a few things you should know about this particular party.

1. It’s BYOE

Bring Your Own Everything. The universe isn’t hosting the party so much as allowing us to hang out at her place for awhile. She’s providing the environment for us to enjoy, or not to enjoy.  It’s up to us to bring stuff. And that stuff includes an open mind and a forgiving spirit because you never know what or whom you’ll encounter there.

2. There Will Be Other People

There will be guests attending that may not be to your liking. The good news is, the universe is a big place and if you explore it you’re sure to find those you click with. But if you do find yourself amongst those you don’t fancy, try being kind to them. Parties can sometimes make a person feel lonely. Maybe you can help make it a little less lonely by reaching out.

3. It Might Get Messy

Chaotic even. Everything might be going swimmingly for a bit. You might start feeling the groove and then, out of nowhere, there’s a surprise! An explosion of fireworks! The noise-makers start making too much noise and you can no longer hear yourself think! Or worse, you can hear yourself think and you’re thinking way too much about anything and everything, driving yourself mad! You might spill your drink, ruin the furniture and curse yourself for being such a klutz. But you’re not a klutz. Things spill. Mess happens. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. This will pass. Now try not to trash the place and please clean up after yourself.

4. There’s No End Time

You may have noticed that there’s no end time on the invites. That’s because everyone’s end time is different and there’s no way of knowing what yours will be. We suggest that you focus on the moments as they come with awareness and presence of mind.

By now you might have ideas as to how this party will go down. You’ve figured it all out. But you haven’t. None of us have. All we can do is show up, dance a little, meet some new people, learn a thing or two and try our best not to be a party pooper.

Party on.

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