“A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year. A rich man celebrates each day. But the richest man celebrates every moment.”
From Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence.
Today is January 3, 2015. Three days into the new year. The celebrations are seemingly over. Many of us have new resolutions for 2015 and we’ve forged ahead, goals set, willpower firmly in place, determined that this will be the best year ever.
Our new resolutions took effect at 12:00 am on January 1, 2015. This is an annual contract that many of us make. And once New Year’s day is through and the holiday is past, it is time for the work to begin – the process of making the goals into realities. Buckle down, nose to the grindstone work. Pushing and prodding, making it all happen work. Until we are lost in the achieving of our goals. Days fly past. Weeks are swallowed by time. Then, before it seems possible, December 31, 2015 will arrive. And new resolutions will be made, the old ones either worked out or forgotten.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke the words in the above quote in 1995 but their truth is timeless. Celebrate every moment of 2015. As you pursue your resolutions this year, celebrate each triumph and every seeming setback. Then, when December 31 arrives, you will know where you have been and where you are going. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also said:
“Review the year while you celebrate. This is your homework. What did you do? What did you achieve? How useful were you this past year? Sit for an hour and think about every week, one minute per week, and see the year’s growth in less than an hour. With a flower, on New Year’s Day, offer the whole year to the Divine.”
Do the homework early. Take some time each day of 2015 to reflect on your progress. For each goal is achieved one step at a time, and some of those steps may be small. Some may seem so tiny as to be insignificant. However, every day of life holds a blessing waiting to be recognized. So take the time to acknowledge your blessings and achievements every day. Then, when December 31, 2015 rolls around, take an hour, reflect, and offer the year to the Divine.
Whatever your goals for 2015, however you celebrated the arrival of this wonderful new year, don’t forget to make every moment of this new year a celebration.