I have a lot of philosophies that make my life better for me. Some of them are simple common sense such as “Don’t lean over an open fire with loose hair” or “Don’t vote Bush”, others are fun little mottos such as “If it’s bad for me, I’ll probably enjoy it more with ketchup” or “It’s not a good party until someone falls in love or out of a window”. And then, almost hidden away behind the rest, there’s the actual wisdom…
This is one page worth visiting, if only to find out what you’ve been taking for granted in your life.
“Celebrate the little victories” sounds like the sort of thing you’d find in a self help book but the motto actually started out as my anger against overly religious people, combined with something I do anyway. I was getting increasingly frustrated with the sort of people who spend their entire lives looking up for a sign from heaven only to miss the constant miracles in our lives. I’ve always been one who is continually astounded by how good the simple things in life actually are, so it gets to me when people don’t even notice them because they’re waiting for something better. Seriously, how can you be waiting for something better when you don’t even know what you’ve got?
So, how does one celebrate the little victories in life? What exactly is a little victory? Well, look at it this way, the slightest little bad thing can upset an entire day sometimes. Don’t try to deny it, we’ve all had a day that’s going fine and something insignificant has ruined it for us. The little victories are the exact same size as the little annoyances, yet we rarely celebrate them. Getting something in your eye is a cause of annoyance, yet getting that thing out isn’t a cause of celebration? Does that sound remotely logical to you? Why shouldn’t we celebrate that. Today I’ve been really clumsy and hurt myself three times. A bad day, surely? No, because I’ve also had a wonderful home cooked meal that my babe and I co-operated on making – a lasagne that’s big enough that we can have it again tomorrow, guaranteeing us a good meal then as well. As far as I’m concerned that’s a victory worth celebrating, an achievement to be proud of.
Why not try to adopt this way of thinking to your life? See exactly how much you’ve got to be thankful for each day and you’ll find yourself feeling generally happier in no time. Celebrate the little victories, because you need to smile more often and, most of all, because sometimes that’s all we have.