EVERYTHING HAS ITS DAY

Why is it that everything has its day? There are of course the long celebrated traditional days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  For the romantics among us, there is Valentine’s Day, and for the winter weary there is Groundhogs Day.  There are numerous annual celebratory days that most people like because it means a long holiday weekend, and a day off from work; Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day and Memorial Day are some of these.

Now, almost every cause, be it one relating to illness, racism, sexism or multiple other “isms” has a day too.  In fact, I bet that we could take the calendar for 2018 and find some sort of celebration for every day of the year.  This is in addition to the birthdays, anniversaries and graduations we celebrate individually.  Frankly, I could use a personal secretary to keep up with it all, and some folks do have this, its called a “social secretary.” Most of us however rely on our calendars on our phones or desktops to keep up with this stuff but sometimes keeping tabs is overwhelming.

For those among us who feel the need to see their cause’s signature colors shining on lights on the Empire State Building or other Federal and State structures, these awareness and celebratory days perhaps give them the recognition and validation they seek.  But, forgive me, if I just do not support this kind of self-serving and annoying trend.

It is my observation that “causes” use this kind of awareness day to raise money or congratulate themselves for accomplishments. These kinds of days are also so competitive pitting like-minded causes to compete for attention and notoriety. And of course the dutiful media falls right into the trap, running stories about the “cause du jour” and enhancing the whole business of political correctness. Yes, it is a business folks!

May I thus be so bold as to suggest that we do away with most of these “DAYS” (alright we can keep Mother’s and Father’s Day) and instead focus on what is REALLY important: doing good for the world and doing so every single day!  As my wise grandfather taught me, “self praise is no recommendation.”  We do not need all the fanfare of celebratory and awareness days, what we need is to make each day matter for what we care about.

 

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