A few days ago, I watched a video of a little girl celebrating her 2nd birthday with a cupcake, candle, and balloons. She danced and enjoyed her birthday celebration so much that since then, her father says she wants to celebrate every day with a cupcake, candle, and hopefully balloons. Watching the brief video and the happiness of the little girl, I felt a deep joy and wondered what lesson was there to be learned.
We like to celebrate our birthdays, the day of our birth is special to us, but I felt there was more to it. Should we celebrate ourselves more often, perhaps every day? Could we experience pure joy like the innocent little girl? Could we spare a few minutes to celebrate our successes and achievements and be grateful for who we are and have become? And could we do this regularly?
I was so inspired that I decided to celebrate my accomplishments daily in a brief meditation. I tried out various times during the day and finally chose a quiet time just before going to sleep. Although I am very familiar with meditation, I wasn’t used to singling out my achievements and celebrating them. And as an overachiever, I am accustomed to noticing my shortcomings and what hasn’t been done and is still pending. This exercise did not feel comfortable at the beginning. I had to search my mind for something I could single out as special. It all seemed so routine and not worth making a fuss over it. But when I focused, I could see some actions which stood out. I quickly got over my hang-up and you will too. The joy and happiness you will feel are worth the effort. I try to do it every day now because it makes me feel balanced, and it only takes a few minutes.
We all believe that physical exercise is good for us. We go to gyms, have trainers, use instruction apps, and watch tutorials. Do you believe in exercising your mind to achieve and maintain mental wellbeing? Don’t we all want to live a stress-free and happy life? Meditation is a great way to accomplish this and celebrating yourself can be a form of meditation. Every time you breathe deeply and clear your mind of unwanted thoughts and worries by focusing on joy and happiness, you are meditating. I have used meditation for a very long time, but I needed to be reminded by a young and pure spirit, that a daily celebration of oneself brings joy and happiness. Being happy with yourself and loving yourself is vital to living a balanced life, and when you feel good about yourself, it reflects onto others.
This precious little girl gave me that insight. In her purity and simplicity, she offered me a gift which I will treasure for the rest of my life. We can learn so much by watching and listening to little children. Joy and gratitude will fill your heart when you accept that you and your life are worth celebrating all year long, not just your birthday.