For millions of people Friday 29th April was a magic with all eyes glued to the television, unless you were lucky enough to be at Westminster Abbey or on the street of London between the Abbey and Buckingham Palace. For many people it was a fashion parade. For others it was a symbol of hope. And for others it was just a good excuse to party.
Why do we have major celebrations like weddings, anniversaries, graduation parties, birthday parties and so on? Personally, I have never been a big party fan either having or attending. But for some people a party is a chance to either recall the past or plan the future.
Well except for the ones who just want a good booze up that is.
Like anything in our life, the occasions only have the meaning we give them. What counts is how you, either as host or attendee, see the meaning. Working with many people, they get stuck on how they should feel or how they should behave. People who spend time worrying about what others will think, will be challenged to enjoy themselves. And people who care little about what others think may actually hurt other people by their behaviour.
In business too, we have occasions that we mark. And often those who participate fail to appreciate the solemnity of the occasion. They go for the free stuff.
Whatever you are celebrating and whatever celebration you attend think of the following
- This celebration means what to me?
- What does the celebration mean to the people holding it?
- How can I acknowledge the celebrants and appreciate what they are doing and accept that they want me as part of their celebration?
And the next time you celebrate, keep in mind that the celebration will have different meanings to everyone involved so direct your efforts to the purpose of the celebration.
Celebrate each day – you are a miracle and your life is a miracle too. Be grateful