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  • Edición impresa de Julio 7, 2011

Instead of talking about the multiple problems that we hear about everyday, I decided to ask people: What do you celebrate?

I am very thankful for the answers I got.

One of them was in awe of the dance of fireworks in the night. His inner child celebrated and laughed, and probably his heart rejoiced.

Someone else said: “ I celebrate the jewel of new knowledge”. “My last class filled my heart.” She went on to elaborate: “ I celebrate when I awake, and I can be thankful. “I celebrate having friends and my dog”, “ I also celebrate having ears to listen to music and eyes to see colors”. She added: “ I don’t celebrate my mouth much, since I often put my foot in it”.

Someone else said: “Anything is good for celebrating. A birthday, a score, and a non-birthday!” They are all good reasons to be together and celebrate!

For others, celebrating was linked to their children’s accomplishments, and visiting old friends.

As I listened to them, I remembered times of laughter and celebration. I also thought that celebrating is a way of life; the more you praise and celebrate life, the more you will find things in life to celebrate. The list of things could become endless.

People who cannot celebrate or laugh, live in energetic poverty. They have lost their childhood forever. But adults still have an inner child that has not died, it has only been silenced. Water, fireworks, landscapes bring back that child and one feels free to be happy.

Playing with children gives us that opportunity to share magic moments filled with giggles, loud voices and carefree time. It is the opportunity to laugh again with children and enjoy yourself!

Can you change the burdensome reality by laughing? You probably can because how you perceive reality affects your attitude and the outcome of your actions.

Today I collected a series of quotes that may enlighten these thoughts:

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street; I met a man who had no feet. ~Ancient Persian Saying~

How many times have you complained about not having and have not thanked for what you have?

There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. ~Robert Brault~

Have you found an occasion today to celebrate?

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

The world calls us to listen and see the things that go wrong, but what about the ones that are right?

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs~

Have you decided to give up? Or are you ready to look at new possibilities?

And last of all:

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they’re always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale~

We were not created for unhappiness; we may co-create our own happiness if we chose to see life in a new light.

 

 


 

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