The One Word Inspiration series is a guest post series on Clear the Way which asks different visiting bloggers to share whatever they are inspired to share when they hear only one word. The word changes each month and today Tess from Sequins and Sunflowers is here to share her inspiration from the word tradition.
Tradition. Traditions. Traditional. To me, a tradition is a routine I habitually participate in, whether it’s yearly, weekly or even daily. One such event that makes me tingle with excitement is finding the perfect holiday tree. When you stop to think about it– the fact that you are bringing what once was a live tree into your home, it seems a bit odd. But year after year, as a child my parents, brothers and I would scour our local market to find the perfect tree.
Now, as an adult, the tradition has not stopped. My husband and I tromp through mud and ice (and snow, if need be!) to find our perfect tree; we are beginning a new tradition. My family never cut down their own tree, but my husband and I do. I am particularly fond of this new tradition and welcome its sentimentality.
But what does a tradition mean? Besides the dictionary definition, what does it mean to be a tradition, to have a tradition? In some cases, I think it gives people something to look forward to. In other cases, I think it gives people something to take their mind off of their everyday problems. But here’s my thought– what if, instead of looking forward to traditions to aid in creating happiness, what if we sought happiness regardless of the traditions?
So many people rely on the tradition of the holidays to bring them joy. What kind of decorations can I buy? What colors will encapsulate the holiday spirit just right? How many deals can I get? What if, instead of obsessing over these issues, or trifles in the grand scheme of life…what if we just sought happiness? That’s it. Period. What if we just sought happiness instead?
Instead of basing our happiness on seasonal rituals, what if we just said, today I am adamantly going to work at being happy regardless of the time of year? The traditions we so dearly await each year would then only enhance our natural exuberance.
During this time of year, it is so easy to be swept away in the excitement of the holidays. I urge everyone to take time each day to center yourself and give yourself time to find gratification and happiness in the little things- maybe it’s your cup of coffee in the morning, or your afternoon yoga session. In any case, find what makes you happy everyday and do it, do it with passion. Creating this new tradition of finding happiness on a daily basis will help you relish each moments and the little things in life, as cliche as that sounds.
And how great is that, to be happy and balanced every day of the year, instead of only seasonally?