At the risk of sounding cliché, I’m going to ask –
Why do we wait for a designated holiday to start celebrating?
I know the daily grind sometimes doesn’t seem like a lot to celebrate about, but when you really consider it, isn’t the fact that you’re breathing in and out worth celebrating?! I think so.
Yes, it can take some serious effort to celebrate some days. Some days you just plain won’t feel like it, and well, that’s ok too. It’s more the mindset and ATTITUDE of daily celebration that is the key to living well, in my opinion.
Ok, daily celebration maybe sounds a little hokey, a little evangelical, a little new age, a little unrealistic – whatever that dark cloud above you is saying – so here’s another way to think about it:
- Did you wake up this morning? That’s a good start for celebrating.
- Were you able to see the sky? Cloudy or not, being able to see the sky is a wonderful thing. It’s a great reminder of the freedom of your soul.
- Were you lucky enough to have food available for you?
- Did you get to put on clean clothes – or any clothes for that matter?
- Were you free to walk outside and go somewhere?
- Did you communicate openly with your neighbour or anyone else on the planet?
There are six reasons to celebrate right now. Consider that millions of people in the world don’t have some of those simple things to count on every day . . .
Looking at life from a positive perspective is different than through rose coloured glasses.
Some of the people I’ve met in my life have dismissed my attitude with that “yeah, right, you’re living in a dreamworld” roll of their eyes and flip of their hand. I’ll bet you $1million that no matter how much money or things they may acquire in their lifetime, I’ll still always be happier… because I choose to celebrate every day. I choose NOT to spend my time being angry about what I don’t have, being annoyed at things not going my way, getting disheartened because my expectations are not being met by someone else.
Now, let me clarify, when I say “celebrate” it’s not like I having a big party and blowing my lucky horn all over the place. I’m simply internally grateful and happy.
Sure, maintaining a positive attitude has its trials. It’s not always easy.
It’s not always easy because it’s not about denial. Many people who DON’T live positively like to accuse those of us who do that we’re in denial – that we don’t want to accept the nasty, horrible, depressing truths that surround us and so we just ignore them and hope they’ll go away. DENIAL IS NOT CELEBRATING.
I can deny that there are bad things in the world, and yes, eventually I’ll get smacked in the head with one and I’ll be devastated. OR, I can live positively, acknowledge the horror, and through that do even the smallest bit to change some of those bad things in the world. Simply smiling at someone new every day makes a difference.
- Share your knowledge with no strings attached.
- Give someone the benefit of the doubt, or do something helpful without expectation of reward.
- Make a donation.
- Look after your neighbour’s kids for the night so they can have a moment to themselves.
- Go to your local high school’s holiday celebration.
- Tell your boss you appreciate having a job.
- If you subscribe to a religion, say a prayer for someone you don’t know.
- If you buy groceries, pick up a couple extra cans for your local food bank.
- If you drive a car, walk somewhere today or give a stranded stranger a lift.
Just do SOMETHING to celebrate being alive.
And don’t wait for Christmas.