perhaps a little chatty today... ;-)
as my birthday draws nearer...
from simple abundance:
a daybook of comfort and joy
by sarah ban breathnach
..."i've reached a point where i'm not really
big on major birthday gatherings,
but i do need to distinguish the
birth day of my life in special ways from the rest
of the calendar."...
..."so i have created by own birthday ritual
to help me commemorate the year
just past while invoking illumination
for the year to come."
(she talks of the rituals she goes through...
a bath, lighting candles, looking at photographs)
..."next i ask for a birthday gift that
only the Giver of Good can bestow:
to conceive a wonderful new dream or plan:
to realize a dream delayed;
to overcome an old fear
or be released from an old pain;
to experience a new freedom;
to discover a new strength;
to find a new friend;
to achieve a long-sought goal;
to reach toward a new aspiration;
to overcome a new challenge.
i sip a glass of champagne, then slowly open a beautifully wrapped
gift from my authentic self.
and of course,
it's the perfect present."...
..."many people who love you will try,
but no one can celebrate your birthday exactly
the way you need for it
to be observed.
that's because no one really knows the
year you've just completed;
no one else lived it."...
(there are so many wonderful words of wisdom...
but i will leave you with this...)
..."every birthday, not just the ones marking
a new decade, is a significant milestone.
every age brings with it three hundred sixty-five
REAL LIFE lessons.
"we turn, not older with years, but newer every day,"
emily dickinson reassures the birthday girl in all of us.
and that's certainly something
worth celebrating in grand style.
so: happy birthday! happy birthday to you!
i've got a good feeling that this coming year
is going to be your best yet.
Heaven knows you deserve it."
i will be celebrating forty-seven years.
thanks for spending coffee hour with me.
i look forward,
not to the year to come...
but to day by day.
and to be blessed with moments.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.