Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing.
They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.
Our lives are measured by these.
My birthday, which is today, gives me a chance to focus on what is important in my life.
I shy away from taking life for granted. Life is a blessing. Being able to see another year fills me with gratitude.
Time moves quickly, so I am deliberate in using it in a meaningful way. I spend as much time as possible with those whom I love the most.
Each year gives me a chance to reflect on issues in my relationships and put new plans in place to try to resolve them. Healing is an important part of moving forward in a positive light.
It is hardly worth the effort in being upset with others because the future is uncertain for us all. I choose to spend my moments with others honoring their goodness and meaning in my life.
Although I get older with each birthday, I am rarely concerned about aging. I know that it is a blessing to be able to say that I am older. Actually, to have lived longer than I had anticipted at a tender age. There are many people who miss out on that chance, so I fully embrace it.
I give my attention to the state of my heart and soul. Each birthday reminds me that I have another opportunity to align my actions with my values.
Having integrity is more important than having physical beauty and perfection. I prefer to be remembered by the content of my soul. It always shines through.
Today, it is a blessing to have another year of life ahead of me. I am committed to living according to my system of beliefs. My focus is on continuing to have a good quality of life.