With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine you’re out to dinner with your friends and family.
It’s your favorite restaurant and you’re all laughing and having a great time catching up and enjoying good conversation.
Everyone is looking over the menu when someone spies the most amazing dessert concoction any of you have ever heard of. Right there, at the bottom of the menu, culinary bliss awaits. It sounds so amazing you’re about to lick the menu.
“Oh we HAVE GOT to get that for dessert!” someone says.
Yes, everyone agrees—you’ll get that after dinner and have the best dessert experience of your lives.
But then something unfortunate happens. You eat a full meal and realize you don’t have room to enjoy that dessert like you expected at the beginning of the evening. Everyone’s bloated, tired, and counting the calories in their head.
The Best Part of the Meal
You have wasted the best part of the meal, the part that would have created a memory forever. I know this has happened to you before.
I’m going to suggest a slight change. Instead of waiting until the end of the meal to eat dessert, make it the FIRST thing you order!
Dessert is considered to be the best part of the meal, right? We’re always told to save the best for last. But I’m telling you DON’T WAIT. Nine times out of ten you’re just going to run out of room.
Life is like this, too. Most people are waiting for something better, someday. THEN they’ll pull out the dessert and celebrate. THEN they’ll give themselves a little pat on the back. When they get to where they “think” they are going, that’s when they will celebrate and enjoy life—at least that’s what they figure.
Every Excuse in the Book
People use every excuse in the book. “There’s no time to celebrate right now; I’m too tired right now; I haven’t fully achieved my goal yet.” Celebrating real life always gets pushed to tomorrow, another day and another place.
The problem with this way of life is that if you don’t take the time to celebrate the smaller steps along the way, you will burn out. You will lose the passion that is needed to carry you to that ultimate goal.
Simply put, your life will pass you by.
If you don’t take time to enjoy the small celebrations of today, you will find yourself stretched beyond your capacity without the ability to enjoy the celebration at all. Never put off celebrating anything that can be celebrated today.
Remember, the key is to start SMALL. You don’t need a monumental occasion to actually put a smile on your face and act as if you’re happy to be here! Try celebrating next time any of the following examples happen:
- You simply hit “Send” on an important email that absolutely HAD to be sent in order to make progress on something. Congrats, you took action!
- You meet up with a friend for coffee. Congrats, you have someone to share a moment with! Treasure your friendships.
- You publish a blog post. Congrats, you actually put yourself out there! It might not have been perfect, it might have only received a measly two Facebook likes from your parents, but you actually DID something!
And those are just a few examples.
You have today in front of you right now. Tomorrow is not a guarantee. The only thing you do know is that right now you are alive, and someday you will die. What you do not know is which day will be your last. It could be today. If nothing else, you must celebrate life!
Order dessert first and enjoy it to the fullest, before you have time to fill up on the regular food. Take the best first, and enjoy it! You will be so glad you did, I promise.
Take that same idea, and apply it to every area of your life. Take the best part first and celebrate. Enjoy your life, every step of the way, through a small celebration here and a small celebration there.
Now let’s go back to the dinner table with your family and friends. Everyone is drooling over the thought of that dessert that they’ll order after dinner. But you think to yourself, “Maybe I will order dessert first…”
Do not wait for someone else to suggest such a wonderful idea. Tell everyone that the delicious dessert should come first and then celebrate it! Be excited. Order dessert first and own it—it’s unbelievably freeing. Everyone will be so glad you led the charge.
Your life is just waiting for you to enjoy it. Just like everyone else at the table. YOU have to be the one to step up.
No one is going to order your dessert first for you. Nor can anyone can eat your dessert for you. Don’t sit back and wait for that opportunity. Seize the opportunities of life the same way you order the best dessert first.
Take your opportunities with an appetite and a watering mouth, and celebrate without looking back.
Remember: NOW is the time to eat dessert. Don’t wait.
What will you celebrate today?