Jacob living in New York felt excited about the future. It was the last week of October, and he was eagerly looking forward to the festivities coming in Christmas. It's that time when suddenly we feel free from the worries of everyday life. The whole of humanity seems like bonding closer to each other. At the very same time, Ramesh in Jaipur, India was celebrating the most important festival of the year for most Hindus, Diwali. It's that time of the year when the entire India gets lighted with "diyas" of joy. You need to be present in India at Diwali to understand the depth of joy in this country. Festivals have this magical effect. Their presence is enjoyed, their future awaited.

Life is a festival itself. Life is not a race. Because a race ends, and there is a winner, and many losers. Instead, life is a festival, because the joy in a festival never ends, it's memories always fresh, and in a festival there are only winners. We often make the mistake of considering life a race, and bring on ourselves the unnecessary burden of expectations. We just have to change the lens of our viewing. From the short term lens of a race, to the long term lens of a festival.

A festival is full of heart. We don't think much, because it is all about feeling. We greet everyone, we forget our old enmities, we forgive, we drop our ego. We become more humane. We don't think of money in terms of savings, we spend freely, we gift to our family, friends. Our hearts suddenly grow bigger. Because a festival has a certain divinity attached to it. We wish to be a part of this divine plan, and we start acting that way too. A festival raises the divinity of the human race. Because it is no more a race, it becomes the above human - divinity. When that happens, life becomes a celebration, celebrated everyday. Life is a festival.