The Joys of Celebration

Joys Of Celebration

Today I was rummaging through my archives to look for something connected with celebrations and realized that I haven’t written anything about the joys of celebration. But I never considered myself to be a serious writer when I took part in ecstatic celebrations.

I didn’t bother to record those exquisite moments. Life just passed by like a whirlwind, so did the moments of joy but memories do percolate within us and I am glad they keep coming back.

Do joys drown in the years that pass by? Do we get jaded with celebrations? Some serene faces loom on the canvas of my mind, reminding me of the calm pleasure, which could only be seen and felt. Have I joined that band?

Have I understood the difference between getting charmed or entertained and deriving eternal pleasure from moments of celebration?

While we celebrate with fireworks, wine, food, hugs, gifts… what stays with us is the feeling, the emotion, the reverence we had experienced at that moment.

Realities and reflections merge to infuse new light and energy into us…we look forward to more occasions, more such moments.

A true celebration is that wondrous moment, which we had been yearning for, standing before us, beaming at us and asking what now…that sweet melody we hear within us when we accomplish our goal, that song which erupts in our heart when we see a dream fulfilled, that shimmer we see at the face of our little one when we smile at her little feats and big endeavors.

All the magnificently wrapped gifts fade in front of emotional joys we experience in the company of family, friends and a life brimming with contentment.

Do you value the gifts that come free with life?

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Balroop Singh.


35 thoughts on “The Joys of Celebration

  1. The celebration of success or achievements no matter how small is a joy to behold esp when it involves an edible treat.

  2. Wishing you a peaceful and pleasant holiday period, dear Balroop, and thanking you for all your well-crafted articles over the past year. I look forward to reading many more of them in the coming year. With all best wishes, Hariod.

    1. Many thanks for the warm wishes dear friend and such a beautiful thought. I appreciate your interest in my ingenuous reflections. I too wish you a wonderful end of the year and Happy Holidays. Stay blessed!

  3. This is lovely, Balroop. I wholeheartedly agree that it’s the emotion that makes a cherished memory – “the shimmer we see in the face of our little one.” Beautiful. You’re right that the best gifts are free. 🙂

    1. Experiences are indeed profound lessons and some of them do bring immeasurable joy. I can still feel the excitement of attending the concert of my favorite singer. Thanks for chiming in 🙂

  4. Life does seem to pass like a whirlwind Balroop, but yes, we will always have our memories of joyous times, and every so often those memories will percolate and resurface – joyous moments our memory reminds to keep in our hearts . ❤

  5. Thank you dg for understanding the emotions embedded in this post. Memories and joyous moments are the only trophies we have earned to cherish today. 🙂 Stay blessed dear friend and have a wonderful end of the year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  6. This indeed is celebration time in grateful remembrance of all blessings in a year that will soon be history, and one of them continues to be the privilege of exchanging notes with friends like you on a variety of subjects. Wishing you, Balroop, happy holidays and another fulfilling year ahead…

    1. Thank you Raj for all the support and pearls of wisdom that you have shared this year. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy 2017 with many new topics to explore and discuss. 🙂

  7. Certainly, it’s a good time to write and read about celebration.
    Over the past few years, we have witnessed a change in enjoyment and celebrations. The new generation believes in experiencing rather than owning when it comes to enjoyment and celebration. This I feel is a good sign, instead of hoarding the materialistic things we need to live the moment!
    Enjoyed reading your post and posing this question to myself before penning these thoughts!
    Have a great festive season!

    1. That is a wonderful world where we gather memories and experiences along with moments of joy. I am glad the new generation is focused on real happiness as living in the moment definitely provides us with immense satisfaction of having lived according to our wishes 🙂
      Wishing you a blissful end of the year and a fantastic beginning arv!

  8. “what stays with us is the feeling, the emotion, the reverence we had experienced at that moment.” So well-written, Balroop. Your words in prose are just as articulate as your poetry. Agree with you the joys of celebration are more than just attending the occasion itself and getting presents.. It lies within each small moment that we spend time with each other and that end go as you mentioned – it is time where we have to wait and be patient and the end result is ever so sweet. What the heart feels is pricely…such a feeling is magical and don’t come by that often. These emotions can also be unrepeatable sometimes. So cherish those moments, and embrace the now. Wishing you well this season, Balroop. I hope your family give you lots of hugs and smiles soon 🙂

    1. Thank you Mabel for the beautiful compliment! When I look back at various celebrations, what flashes across the mind is the pleasure of having been able to afford those moments, the bliss of getting together, the nooks and crannies, which added the glow to those brief hours swept away by time…only memories to cherish! Yes the feeling is magical and this magic can keep us enticed forever!
      Thanks for the lovely wishes dear friend. Stay blessed and have a wonderful new year 🙂

  9. Some are thinkers, I’m a feeler. My feelings live large inside me. So I never take celebrations for granted, but often do them in a quieter way than do some. (I’m no extrovert; large gatherings do not entice.) I become outraged when I see a lack of humanity or dignity or freedom for all people, but equally does my heart swell with gratitude on a daily basis, no matter what else the day brings. There is ever much to be grateful for.

    Aloha, Balroop – enjoy your holidays – and wishing you all the best in the new year! Peace, contentment, abundant love. ❤

  10. I agree with you Bela, one should never take celebrations for granted as they keep changing their face! A quieter celebration too has its impact and we do fit into them with time. For me the best celebration is with family and cherished friends…if all the children of close knitted families can manage to get together, that is a real bliss! 🙂
    Thanks you for the wishes and I wish you too a peaceful, warm break and a wonderful year ahead. Love and hugs.

  11. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time dear Balroop, sending Love and Peace your way and thank you for all the love you have showered upon me this past year..
    Hugs and Blessings
    Sue xxxx ❤

    1. Thank you Dear Sue…Wishing you peace and serenity within. Hope you are well. Love and hugs. May the New Year usher in new sunshine in your life.

    1. Thanks for the wishes Mani…May Happiness and Smiles abound around you when you usher in the New Year. Wishing you too a shining 2017 full of love and prosperity. 🙂

  12. Hi Balroop, You have precisely observed that the emotions associated with moments of celebration make those moments memorable. Celebrations in turn provide us the opportunity to refurbish those positive and cheerful emotions.

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