Words To Live By: Celebration

(This is one of a part of a series of WORDS TO LIVE BY. This series grew out of a workbook I first made for my young daughters and discussed at the dinner table. These Words include values, good ideas, and Words to aspire to….and learn from….enjoy!)

(Photo – Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura, Warner Bros. 1994)

I know right away some people may question why or what I mean by celebration and why it is a Word To Live By.

I think we all need to celebrate more often.

Yes, I said we. As I’ve mentioned before, I am naturally a low-key guy. I think part of me tries to downplay things. I notice that especially with friends, with my sisters, and relatives – those with which I grew up – when something good happens or when I’m excited about something – I try to act cool, calm, and un-excited when I tell them about it.

The other day I was excited about a project at work. I was telling a relative and I noticed that right way, I downplayed the whole thing. It came off like I was actually down about it. He tried to give me some encouragement. I was actually excited. I needed and wanted to celebrate with him. We both would have enjoyed it and benefited, right?

In any case, celebrating is something I believe to be a key issue in life, here’s why:

  • We need to celebrate things each day, even the little things – we paid the bills, we have good health, we took some kind of action and had some kind of success, we did something good for someone else, etc.
  • So many times we actually did something good, accomplished something, took action and we don’t take a moment to celebrate.
  • Celebrating in the present moment allows us and helps us to focus on the now, what is going on – whether it be with our family, friends, work, or fun things.
  • We can benefit greatly from celebrating future events – here’s what I mean – if you act as if what you want in life is already a reality, celebrating “IT” as already being reality brings in all kinds of good emotions, eliminates thoughts of conditions, limitations. Your brain doesn’t know that the difference between the imagination and reality of it all – so Celebration for something as if it has already happened is very powerful.

Imagine that you already have “it” or that you’ve already accomplished “it” – then celebrate! Wayne Dyer says “Highly realized people learn to think from the end- that is, they experience what they wish to intend before it shows up in the material form.” Celebrate that car, that job, that improved relationship, that newly thinner, leaner body. Enjoy it.

I practice money coming in and I get the feeling like I’m winning the lottery. I hold my arms up like Rocky on the top of the Philly steps and I jump around. I visualize and celebrate. I enjoy it.

How would you react if you won the lottery? Got a perfect job? Had that perfect car/house/relationship/health? OK, now go ahead and practice celebrating it so that when it arrives, you’ll be ready. In the meantime, you’ll feel great.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if it will always work, but EVERYTIME I feel really great afterwards! I’m smiling, happier, energized, and guess what? I’m now looking for good things to come, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Celebrate what you’ve accomplished in your life! Too many of us don’t give ourselves enough credit. Look into the past, briefly, get those good references and celebrate them. You endured hurdles and mistakes and you are now the person you are because you kept moving. Celebrate it!

Celebrate the present – your family, friends, work, life, health – even if it isn’t perfect. Sure you can want to improve something but hell, if you didn’t have your situation now, you wouldn’t have the perspective, wisdom, and knowledge to make it better, right? Guess what, you can help yourself now, you can even help others, you have choices, that’s great, celebrate! Celebrate your health and life – would you prefer the alternative?

I know that there are some days when you don’t feel like celebrating. Use Tony Robbins’ method “What could I celebrate today? (then even if you can’t think of something ask:) If I could think of something to celebrate, what would it be?”

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

Celebrate the future as if it is already happened! Celebrate the person you want to be, the thing you want to have, the issue you want to resolve, the situation that you want to improve! Enjoy it! Feel the fun!

Celebrate what you want to see more of. – Tom Peters (author of In Search of Excellence and other books)

Feeling happy/celebratory/abundant/whatever surpasses the money in your bank account, the report from the doctor, the whatever – and transcends what others may think of you. Genuinely feeling a certain way is possible when you detach yourself from the things you desire and then celebrating it.

Dream on it. Let your mind take you to places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate the possibilities. And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t know how to dream.
Liza Minnelli

Don’t you think that you’re more attractive to others when you’re thinking celebrating rather than the “ho-hum” you? Wouldn’t your career be a little different if you approached it in a ‘celebrating-way’ rather that complaining, whining and doing the minimum as so many people do? (not you of course)

Celebrating sends a message to others around you, even to the Universe (if you believe in such)

“Don’t forget to CELEBRATE!!! Anchor the experience of doing something truly extraordinary with an awesome celebration.”- Tony Robbins

Celebrating brings smiles and laughter. It brings joy and happiness. Enough said.

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13 thoughts on “Words To Live By: Celebration

  1. Carol Samsel February 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM Reply

    Thank yo for visiting my blog.

    I enjoyed reading your post Words to Live By: Celebration, and it left me smiling. I’m one of those low-key people too. I think somewhere I picked up the idea that I had to apologize for feeling happy. That it isn’t the norm, and that I won’t fit in unless I’m miserable like everyone else. Yet the people I admire most are those that seem energized by little things.

    • Jim February 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM Reply

      Really good feedback and insight, thanks. That’s how I have often felt historically. Thanks. Keep chugging!

  2. ladyelenauk February 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM Reply

    So True. Thumbs up.

  3. SO! What? SOcial February 28, 2013 at 6:25 AM Reply

    Great post. I very much enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. creativeghost March 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM Reply

    thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Carly Vivian March 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM Reply

    Great post Jim – I really enjoyed reading it and you have some great insights here. Also thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. alexander johnny April 12, 2013 at 2:23 AM Reply

    Hey Jim,

    The post is well-said. I thank you for helping me try to appreciate those moments worth celebrating and especially your point on allowing celebrating to bring you into the present moment. That is one thing I am focusing on much more than I was even 6 months ago. Thanks for liking my blog because otherwise Iwould not have gotten to read some of your great insights.

    I’m currently backpacking the states with my brother and our dog, and while out on the road, one theme we have heard come up a lot in passing, is how you should not plant your mind too far into the future because you get too caught up in thinking and planning ahead, essentially missing out on the present moment. Any thoughts on that in relation to what you’ve said about celebrating the future, and how these ideas mesh? Thanks.

    alexander johnny

    • Jim April 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM Reply

      Thank you. It is tough for me to celebrate the present too. My mind wanders off trying to solve situations or problems. Not a bad thing but I miss the moments. He is a good thing to think and say to yourself “I am getting better about living in the present, enjoying the moment and living life today.” Then ask yourself, “Why am I so good at living in the moment?” “Why am I getting better at living in the present?” I believe Celebrating is tough for me, historically, too. I’ve read that celebrating should be practiced, that we need to celebrate what we have at the moment. I also know that when you think with the end in mind, in other words, you think of the goal as if it is already ‘done’ or accomplished, we should then celebrate it. However, as you mentioned, just like we can get anxious, depressed, or whatever about past events, we need to be aware and becareful not to get anxious or caught up in thinking about planning ahead. It is a balance. Again, some good questions can help…maybe something like “What can I celebrate?” “Why it is so easy for me to find great things to celebrate in my life?” “Why am I becoming better at celebrating my life…?” you can make it work for your own thoughts, just ideas.
      I appreciate the comment. Your journey sounds great. Enjoy it. Those are great memories. Make sure you keep a journal of some kind-and photos.

      • alexander johnny April 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        The response was much appreciated. It took me a while to find the time to sit down and read it thoroughly and peacefully. I’m thankful I did though. The questions I need to ask myself, that you’ve stated, are the best. So simple yet beneficial and easy to overlook, it’s good to be reminded of them. I am coming to a realization that yes, I can have these goals and bring the emotion and happiness of them being a reality into the present and utilize that energy and drive to progress towards that goal. I can progress towards that goal like you said, without worrying of conditions or limitations as much.

        Thanks again and keep in touch. The journey has been life changing so far and the mere three months of it’s duration seem much longer with the concentrated amount of learning that has happened. I keep a personal journal and much of the experiences from that writing turn into the lessons I speak about in the “journey of sorts” blog. Thanks for reading. Any chance I have to give beneficial message to others and help them to achieve a happier state is a win in my book. Be well and keep spreading the peace.

        Alexander Johnny

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  9. kaycers May 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM Reply

    Hip hip hooray for this post!!!! ❤ 🙂

  10. happinessgal July 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM Reply

    Thank you for these reminder words. I have committed in the past to celebrating more–your special words have given me a trigger to reinvigorate my actions on a daily basis. I read, then thought about what I can celebrate yet today and came up with at least 3 things. You are right on target with me! –Judy

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