Our culture has a major love affair with celebrating special occasions.
These include birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations, and many massive achievements like promotions, marriages, births, and so on.
The focus, however, often gets rather narrow when it comes to defining a special occasion versus the everyday. People put so much energy, time, attention, and investment into a given special occasion that they ignore all else.
In other words — today, and most days, are treated as unimportant. Then, they got lost in the shuffle of the rote, routine, and day-to-day approach of our culture.
Even the weekend — two days out of every seven — is treated as a more special occasion. The other five days? Humdrum, passed through, and not in any way special.
Is life supposed to be ho-hum and not terribly worthwhile more often than it’s special? No. Human beings are not simply here to exist and survive — but to thrive.
Thus — why can’t every day be — or at least have within it — a special occasion?
Let go of the lies
Most of us believe a lot of lies about the way life, the universe, and everything works. They include,
- There is not enough good to go around
- To get what you desire you must meet certain indeterminate standards
- Only a few people are worthy and deserving
- Lack, scarcity, and insufficiency dominate the world
- Life’s a bitch and then you die
- If you aren’t “X” you are unworthy of “Y”
- You control nothing
- “They” control our lives
- Suffering is more abundant than joy or contentment
- We must do this, that, or the other thing to prove our worth
These are just a few examples of the many lies we swallow regularly. But they are not the truth in any way, shape, or form.