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Succeeding: Happy new day
Posted Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 00:00
Started the New Year on a good note? If yes, great. If not, just relax and stay optimistic. Things will get better. Last Tuesday, we chatted about the questions you should consider asking at the beginning of the year. I hope you created answers.
I had another aha moment. On Wednesday (January 2, 2012), an old friend of mine bumped into me and asked a question – “How were the new year celebrations?” To which I replied, “Well, it was just like any other day to me. I am alive and healthy. I am very grateful for that. I think every day is worth celebrating. Not to just wait for January 1”. He nodded in agreement.
Truth is, I surprised myself because I have never looked at January 1 that way. But when I said it, it rang with credibility. I know I have always held a view that we shouldn’t thank God for only Fridays but all the days. As for January 1, it has always felt almost sacred. A special day.
Looked at closely; it’s a day like any other – 24 hours. Meaning, if the calendar changed today, we would still find ourselves with another 24 hour day placed on January 1. Does that mean we shouldn’t celebrate New Year’s Day? No.
As a matter of fact, I love the celebratory mood, the joys, the congratulatory messages, new resolutions and commitments.
Question – Isn’t every day special just like January 1? What if we carried the same spirit every day? Wouldn’t we be looking forward to each day with intense and joyful anticipation? Wouldn’t that add extra energy and zest for life? Possibly.
Now, I am not suggesting that every day we go to Sheraton to watch fireworks if you are in Kampala or burn tyres if you are in the village. That wouldn’t be practical. But, we could still carry the same spirit.
Here is a new challenge I am setting myself. To say to myself every morning, “Happy new day Muso”. You are welcome to join the challenge. It could be interesting. Besides, it would be positive prophecy for the day which is a good thing. You would at least smile once or just a bit. You would be conditioned to think of ways on how to create a happy day. It’s good for your health, career and business.
A collection of happy days, lead to a happy week. A collection of happy weeks lead to a happy month. A collection of happy months lead to a happy year. A collection of happy years lead to a happy decade.
A collection of happy decades lead to a happy life. See? It all comes to starting with a happy day. If you are the detailed type, you might as well say it starts with a happy hour, a happy minute…. For now, I just wanted to let you know that I am wishing you a happy new day. Yes, a happy new day is all you need. Every day.
Ethan is the CEO of Success Africa, a motivational speaker, author and HR consultant.