We went to a surprise 40th anniversary party Sunday afternoon. The guest of honor, who was indeed extremely surprised by her poker-faced husband, said in her wonderful speech to the jam-packed hall, "Life is a celebration every day." She is an exuberant person, a great fan of the local high school teams, a joy to be around. She is just the kind of person we aspire to be as we aim to "win the day." Her spreading of joy reminds me of the late Dr. George Ball, who did similar work around the Whitman College campus. It's all part of smiling in the first three seconds of each encounter, whether we feel like it or not, and smiling with both our mouth and our eyes. It's also about "playing Ball" in the doctor's honor, and helping those who we come into contact with feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.
The party was a surprise. The celebration was not. Every day is a celebration when you choose to be happy and have fun.