If you don’t celebrate your life, if you don’t make your life a celebration, if you create your life so it’s about the obligation, the work, the trauma, the drama, the upset, and the intrigue, what will show up in your life? More of the same. But if you begin to create your life as a celebration, different possibilities will show up.
When my ex-wife and I got divorced, I moved out of our house, and I took very little with me. I left with one set of good china out of five, one set of sterling silver flatware out of five, one frying pan, one spatula, one spoon and the carving set that had belonged to my father. I took a set of old dishes, the ones that my ex-wife didn’t like that had chips in all of them, a couple of funky old glasses that nobody wanted and a couple of coffee mugs that were uglier than sin. That was the sum total of my kitchenware. Those were the things I moved into my new place.
I put the good china away for the celebrations and the dinner parties I would give some day. I’m sure I was going to do service for 16 on my tiny round table, right? And I put all the ugly, old stuff I had brought into my kitchen cupboard.
Then one day I looked at it and I said, “Wait a minute. I’m saving this stuff for a celebration, and I am living like a pauper. Whose life am I living, anyway? Mine? I want my life to be a celebration.”
I got out all the good china, and I said, “If I break a cereal bowl in the morning when I eat my breakfast, it will cost me $38 to replace it. But who cares? My plates, if I break them, cost $16 apiece. So what? I’ll use the Georgian sterling silver flatware. My spoons cost $360 apiece. I’m worth it.”
I went out and I bought crystal glasses to drink out of. No more of those thick, old glasses that wouldn’t break even if you threw them on the floor. I wanted something that when I knocked it over by accident went, CRASH!
Life needs to be a celebration. If you aren’t celebrating your life, you’re not living. Life should be an orgasmic experience every day. You shouldn’t live with what you’ve got to put up with, what you’ve got to do, and what’s left over. Are you going to spend your life as a package of leftovers or are you going to create yourself as a celebration?
I have champagne—not cheap shit champagne—but good champagne, at least five bottles in my refrigerator at all times. Sometimes I have champagne and pie for dinner just because I can.
If you make your life a celebration, if you look for the joy of life instead of the doldrums, you’ll create a whole different reality. Isn’t that what you really would like to have?
Today ought to be the best day of your life
When I went to my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday party, all the men were in the living room talking about how the best time of their lives were when they were 18 and in high school. They had cool cars and were jocks. All the women were in the kitchen talking about how the best time in their lives were when their babies were born. When it was my turn to talk they asked me, “When was the best time of your life?”
I said, “Today, and if it isn’t, I’m blowing my f brains out.” I was not very popular after that. Today ought to be the best day of your life. If today isn’t the best day of your life, why the hell are you alive?
Just for today, my life will be a celebration
Remind yourself every day to make your life a celebration. Look for the joy of life. Every morning say, Just for today, my life will be a celebration, and watch for the new possibilities that will show up.
Ask for the greatness of your life
‘Ask and ye shall receive’ is one of the truths in the Bible.
So what are you going to ask for? The greatness of you? If you ask for the greatness of you to show up, then all kinds of other things will come along with it. Ask for the greatness of your life. Ask for the joy and the celebration of your life. Don’t just ask for money because money doesn’t have anything to do with the greatness of your life. You do.
If you ask for the greatness of your life, if you ask for the greatness of who you are, and if you ask for your life to be a celebration, then you’re going to have infinite possibilities. If you only ask for money, nothing’s going to show up because money is not the energy. Money is only the vehicle you use to get there. Ask for the greatness of you.
If you have the courage to ask, you can receive.
The above article has been excerpted with permission by the book, Money isn’t the problem – you are, ISBN 1939261066, by Gary M. Douglas and Dr. Dain Heer
Best-selling author, international speaker and a sought-after facilitator, Gary Douglas is known for his intensity of awareness and his incredible capacity to facilitate people to ‘know what they know’. He chooses to embody consciousness in everything that he does, which inspires others to choose to become more conscious as a result. Gary pioneered a set of transformational life changing tools and processes known as Access Consciousness® over 25 years ago.
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