Life Itself is a Festival
All the countries, communities, religions and races in the world have devised various tools to remind us that life is much more than just work, labor, pain and pleasure. When most of us were busy in our day to day activities, few very important people in human history have invested their precious life-time researching on ways and means to bring joys and happiness in the form of celebrations to our lives. Festivals are outcomes of this wonderful research. Festivals are an integral part of our lives now, and nobody really knows when they actually started. Probably, human beings have been celebrating them since time immemorial.
It is good to welcome festivals and celebrate them with real zest and enthusiasm. They rejuvenate us, give us time to introspect and allow us to share our time and joys with near and dear ones and also continue our social tradition. But, there is much more than this. We can use festivals to transform our life for good. Instead of indulging in over-activity, we can use the time to create a space within us where innovation and creativity can nourish. Similarly, we can use this time to reflect and introspect and set the tone for the rest of the life. We can use the family get-together to understand each other, appreciate our fraternity and seek expanded connections.
The most important use of festivals can be to create the right mentality within us to treat the whole life as a celebration. The festivals are the gateways to the whole of our life. If we are unhappy most of the times, we cannot be happy just during festivals. Happiness is an attitude that we can cultivate. Few days of tranquility and joy that we experience during festivals can be magnified to cover the whole year. If I can be happy for one day, why not the whole life? If I can be celebrative even for one moment, I can extend the same feeling and attitude to the rest of the time also.
Are we going to take these festivals as entry points into life-long celebration?
L P Bhanu Sharma