“Well done, you.”
An expression of celebration.
Though, we don’t always take the opportunity. There’s always the next thing to do. No time to stop. We have to keep things moving.
But what if celebration is important to us for the long term?
What if, as Erwin McManus suggests, gratitude leads to wholeness and wholeness leads to generosity and, with generosity, we find joy – deep enjoyment?*
‘But perseverance is something larger [than persistence]. It’s a long game … until the end.’**
What if, rather than waiting for the pay-off at some unknown point in the future, we were to set ourselves for a long journey of achieving many things, celebrating sooner and more often.
What if this was moving our life from one of persistence – gritted-teeth living – into perseverance – imaginatively expansive living?
And, wherever possible, celebrating with others.
‘I can tell that there is an undeniable relationship between happiness and resilience. People who enjoy life make life more enjoyable for others.’^
What if another word for perseverance is resilience? Or more than resilience, antifragility?^^ More than retaining our integrity under stress, we grow; we take the opportunity to create more than response?
What if, when you’ve done something positive, we take a moment or more to celebrate, to somehow say, “Well done, you!”
(*Erwin McManus’s Uprising.)
(**From Ryan Holliday’s The Obstacle is the Way.)
(^From Erwin McManus’s The Artisan Soul.)
(^^See Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile.)