So this was an exciting week! First we had Canada Day (happy 146th birthday, my â€˜home and native landâ€™!), then the Fourth of July (congratulations to my friends south of the border on 237 years of Independence!), and then some exciting stuff of my own transpired. I officially registered emspire, (have a business number now and everything!) brought on my first amazing intern, and have had three meetings to introduce/share/launch my initiative. Small steps, yes, but also big small steps. At least for me.
And yet, instead of celebrating these big small steps, Iâ€™m thinking more about the fact a whole week has already gone by and I havenâ€™t completed nearly as much as I had hoped I would, nor what was even on the agenda. Plus, I donâ€™t have any gigs booked yet. I donâ€™t have any paying clients. I donâ€™t even have any leads.
Chances are, however, once I do get my first of any one of theseÂ (fingers crossed!), Iâ€™ll be all too quickly focusing on getting the next one. And then the next one. So just when does the celebration time come?!? Rome wasnâ€™t built in a day, and â€˜overnight successâ€™ is, on average, ten years in the making. Do I have to wait ten years before I can justify the party poppers and champers? I hope not!
There will always be more things to do, more gigs to land, more money to make, more stuff to achieve, more of you name it. Thatâ€™s the beauty of life. And even when you think your to-do list is slowly getting chipped away at, before you ever get to the bottom, chances are numerous new tasks will have cropped up on you. Itâ€™s simply the nature of how things work. And so if we canâ€™t celebrate the small steps weâ€™re accomplishing every day, weâ€™ll never get to a place where we feel we can truly do that.
Just like the daily quote in the Bean Counter CafÃ© from last weekâ€™s Ode to Betty read, focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.Â ~ Greg Anderson
Now I know the whole life is a journey theme is not a new one. And in theory it sounds amazing and all, but just what does it even mean? Hopefully something different to each person, but to me, the idea is that we never really get ‘there’.Â And so, perhaps we should take the time to enjoy where we are right HERE. And Iâ€™ll even take it one step farther and say itâ€™s not just about enjoying where weâ€™re at right now, but actually celebrating it.
I think perhaps the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland was onto something in wanting to celebrate everyoneâ€™s â€˜unbirthdayâ€™. Although itâ€™s always fun to have a special occasion such as your birthday, or your countryâ€™s birthday for that matter, to celebrate, chances are there are things worth celebrating each and every day. Like the sunshine after the rain. An ice cream cone with two scoops. That phone call with an old friend. A childâ€™s laugh. Your first Summer BBQ. Blasting your favorite tune while driving with the windows down. Friday afternoon…
So much worth celebrating. And right now. Because if not now, then when?
And so, what and how are you going to celebrate right now?!?
Have a FAB week, everyone!