Saving the World through Celebrations

A few years ago, I was watching an interview with the Dalia Lama and the question came up something to the effect —  What do you think could help foster peace in the Middle East and elsewhere?

The Dalia Lama’s response was “Celebrations.  We need more celebrations.”

After this response, the interviewer looked dumbfounded, and went on to be dismissive of his answer, as he thought any reasonable person would be. I love celebrations, but even I wasn’t expecting to hear that answer from a holy man.

We often think that to save the world, we must sacrifice something, especially in the Christian tradition.  However, sometimes we forget the role of celebration in living a holy life.  Jesus didn’t stop the crowds from celebrating his arrival into Jerusalem with palm branches.  His understanding of celebration, in a sense, allows us to celebrate that day some two thousand years later every Palm Sunday.

Doing our part to save the world can seem like an overwhelming task when we look at all the problems in the world.   So, I wonder if there is a way to save the world  in the spirit of the Dalia Lama’s idea.

Here are a few ideas for consideration for this week:

  1. Could each of us do something every day to make life worth celebrating for someone else?
  2. How might you help someone else celebrate life this week?
  3. Do you allow celebrations to play a major role in your writing and writing life?

May you realize how your life is a cause for celebration this week!

6 thoughts on “Saving the World through Celebrations

  1. Jay Rando says:

    I understand the idea he is trying to say here, celebration is such a powerful energetic feeling that resides within everyone which awakens confidence and good feeling, it just needs to thrive in more people so that people can come together more often and have a great life.

    Where i live we do not celebrate much and people can be quite dull, i wish we did celebrate more as a community and society to help this. We should all share celebration with neighbors, friends and families. If there is more parties, celebrations, social gatherings, meetings, festivals to bring the world together i think that is when we as people will really begin to enjoy each living day of our lives and be empowered by the achievements and friendships this world has made :) I love to celebrate every day as if its the only one. Great post :)

  2. Writerlious says:

    Love the post, Karen. Finding things to celebrate and be happy about in our lives is what makes life worth living. Too bad the interviewer didn’t see the zen in the idea. :)

    • Karen Wan says:

      Thank you. You’re so right — celebration is an important part of a worthwhile life. It was probably good that the interviewer didn’t get it, because that made the comment stick in my head and heart more deeply. :)

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