The concept of “Celebration” is one that be termed as an event that seeks the companionship of people amidst happiness and merriment.
Or is it? Is celebration not based on your personal perspective?
As a concept, if you observe the sentiment of celebration, it is very personal. For some celebration is not complete without a “party” for some it could just be a quiet dinner with family in a restaurant. For yet another group of people, it could be visiting an orphanage, sponsoring a delicious feast for the children and spending a couple of hours of the day with them. After all, as long as you are rejoicing an occasion in the manner that gives you happiness, it is “celebration”.
Imagine if, as a race, we believed in the concept of celebration at a universal level?
Such as celebrating 100% literacy in our society, celebrate cultural diversity among us, celebrate the world we live in by initiating a Clean – Up Campaign or Awareness Week among friends or our neighborhood, celebrate women empowerment or simply celebrate each day for the fact that we exist and we thrive?
As we know, even the joy of the existence of living with self esteem and dignity is unknown to many. So why is there that we see dismay and discontent in many who are unable to observe what they term as “traditional styles of celebration”?
Celebrating our day can be a wonderful reality without much effort.
1) Having Gratitude
Gratitude need not be just for our basic necessities, our family and loved ones. It includes the health, the beautiful sunshine, the air we enjoy…the list is endless.
2) The Effect of Negative People & Traumatic Challenges
Some of the negativity in our life can come from people we know and the resulting challenges we face in our life due to them.
But, if we were to stop for a moment, we would realize that they have played an important role in helping us become who we are today. The affect of the negativity they infuse or have infused may not be relished by us but what they prove to us is that they have made us tougher than who we were before we met them. They have made us more resilient to face the world.
3) Thank You – the Golden Phrase
If we are prone to thanking for what we get and what we appreciate, our sense of appreciation for what we have and who we are is significant. The power that we gradually gain is due to the positive state of mind that has emerged as a result of our willingness to utter “thanks”.
Imagine if you receive a call from a bank employee who merely seeks to convince you to splurge yourself through the new credit card they are happy to offer you. Of course based on how busy you may be at that moment, your response to that query may vary. But if you are willing to actually thank them for the offer (yes, thank!) and respond with courtesy the situation could be a pleasant experience. Even if you are conveying to them your lack of interest, your politeness and pleasantness will make it not just pleasant for the individual who is speaking to you but for yourself. You are telling yourself that “The person is merely doing his job and I’m fine this conversation” instead of “Stop bothering me, I’m busy”
A few weeks back, I was just going home after a lengthy meeting. The tired parking attendant stopped me to have a look at my ticket. I wished him a “Good Evening” and remarked that he must have had a long day. Surprised, he smiled and the barely audible tone he had communicated with me earlier underwent a change. “I’m fine Madam, and you?”, he asked pleasantly. We exchanged pleasantries and then he reluctantly told me, “Sorry, you have to pay for the extra time you had parked here”. I said, with a smile, “That’s fine” He then gave a split second pause, a smile and said, “No, Madam, it’s ok”
Despite my profuse insistence, the attendant refused the payment. A trifle reluctant in being a recipient of this undeserved generosity, I thanked him and left.
The situation got me thinking of how different it may have been if I had merely mirrored the poor tired man’s demeanour, gruffly paid and left. What I had gained from that experience was not the parking fee the man refused to charge me, but the value of showing gratitude or appreciation.
The man’s change in conduct was largely (I believe) due to my one sympathetic remark that followed my “Good evening” to him. Through that, I had communicated to him my appreciation for his service. His service unfortunately maybe going largely unnoticed by customers who just like our tired attendant are eager to reach home after a long day.
Being thankful for our blessings, the services others do for us during our day and of course the opportunities each day offers us helps us “celebrate” our day. Our decision to “celebrate” our day enables us to not only become a better individual but also a conscientious member of society.