What is today really about? Today is not about growing older, for everyone does that and oftentimes the natural processes of life, to themselves, is nothing celebratory. Today is not about attempting to do something, for everyone does that as well, and I often wonder how celebrating failure produces a means to actually move forward.

 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is celebrating actual accomplishments. It’s about looking back over the past 20 years at things that I not only wanted to accomplish, but attempted to accomplish, and succeeded in accomplishing. It’s about feeling good self-esteem and self-confidence in our innate ability to do things we really want to do. These are the things worth celebrating on such milestones as this one.

 “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Milestones only happen once, and once they have passed, we can never recapture them again, and so they must truly be savored while they are present, before they are truly gone.  They should be savored to the final drop like a flavorful cup of tea, a chilled cup of ice cream complete with whipped cream and chocolate fudge, or the final pages of a really good book. The ability to savor, and cherish, milestones remains a key piece to self-care. We simply cannot appreciate something as an invisible observer, we must be active and fully present in these events in order to ever fully capture and appreciate them.

 “Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Accomplishments comes from attempts at achieving our innermost desires. What are we if we don’t consider things we want to achieve (personally and professionally) if we never reflect on the time spent on attempting to do so? Simply apathetic. Apathy. No enthusiasm, no interest, no concern. Apathy comes from one of the coldest, if not frigid, of emotions. It is of no celebration, but of a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of nothingness. It is the one unfitting for a time of celebration. It is not important to gauge one’s self based on the accomplishments of others, but based on solely you. That is by far the most important place to gauge from, and the most telling of achieving an accomplishment.

“Well-being cannot exist just in your own head. Well-being is a
combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning,
good relationships and accomplishment.” ~ Martin Seligman

Like I said, today simply is not about growing another year older. Nor is it about attempting to do something, or desiring to. It’s about celebrating actual achievements, and making that goal post during the game, that’s what milestones are all about.

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road,just the starting point for the next leap forward.” ~ Harvey Mackay


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