Sunday, January 29, 2012

Birthday Blessings

Even though it’s Sunday, there were a few birthday cards in my mailbox when I checked this afternoon.  Yes, it’s true that I’ve been sick and the last time I dusted out the box was on the way back from the doctor’s office on Wednesday, but nonetheless, it’s always nice to receive personally addressed mail that isn’t a bill. (Of course, that's not to say that I don't love each and every one of the terrific Facebook birthday greetings that are making my inbox runneth over today.  Thanks, everyone!)

One in my snail mail box, though, was a beautifully handmade card (yes, that's it up there at the top of this post) wishing me life’s true gifts—good health, friendship and love.  Tucked inside was a small sheet of paper printed with this wonderful, take-it-to-heart message about the why’s and how’s of celebrating birthdays:

Celebrating Life

What is more joyous than birtha new life coming into the world?  It’s an occasion for great celebration.  And each year, the day of your birth should be celebrated just as enthusiastically.  Others may notice or maybe not.  What does it matter?  You should be the primary celebrant.  After all, you’re the one who has done the work, met the challenges, made the changes, pulled yourself up, taken it on the chin, made peace, pushed open closed doors, taken responsibility, made your life work.  You—more than anyone else—have reason to celebrate another year of life!  So don’t hold back!  Laugh until your belly hurts.  Hug you loved ones until they squeal!  Jump up and down!  Give yourself a well-deserved hoorah!  Pat yourself on the back.  Then take a deep breath and look to the year ahead with joy and excitement.  You’ve earned it!

Words to share.

Words to remember. 

Words to live by.