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#261: Birthday Gifts

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Many thanks to all of you around the world for celebrating my brother's birthday today.

I know we call it St. Patrick's day but for humor we kid Bill about the entire world celebrating his special day.

We subscribe to the thought that aging is inevitable but maturity is optional. Our birthdays are often funny with silly games, even sillier hats, the traditional cake and colorful balloons.

But often, such celebrations make people think of how fast their lives seem to be running out of years. The older we get the more we tend to sense our mortality and look back to those things we never experienced or accomplished.

These special days, however, do not need to be celebrated with pity parties or sadness, because having a birthday reminds us we are alive and entrusted with many gifts.

For some these gifts are eyesight and hearing and mobility. For others gifts of cooking and carpentry and parenting.

We always have things to be thankful for. Sure, at times financial or physical or emotional problems may appear not to be gifts, but let's remember during our troubled times that there are people who have loved us and those who care about us.

Especially on sites such as SparkPeople where strangers become instant friends who encourage and inspire us and truly are interested in our progress and our lives, both the good and the not so good. The love we feel from these pen-pals of ours is heartwarming.

Yes, respect, trust, comfort and love are gifts. Maybe the best gifts we can give someone, even if it isn't their birthday.

As Og Mandino suggests:

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. "

Do this and your life will never be the same again. No matter how many birthdays you celebrate.
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  • TINKERBELL200
    Happy Birthday to Bill! emoticon Another wonderful blog Lou! Your blogs always make me think! I like that about you! I just had a birthday last month and thought about how old I was getting! Thanks for giving me the positive twist on that! I truly have many things to be thankful for, and God our loving Father, life, loved ones and friends definitely are a big part of it!!!
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    Lynne
    4001 days ago
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    Another great blog, Lou. I know what you mean about your brother. St. Patrick's Day was my grandfather's birthday too and very important when I was growing up so it overshadowed the holiday.
    Gaye
    4002 days ago
  • AGAWRITER
    Thank you.
    4002 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Random acts of kindness effect more people than one can even dream of. Thanks for reminding us of their importance. Happy birthday to your brother... and a very merry Unbirthday to you! Love, Dawn
    4002 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Wow, Lou, this is a blog I need to print out and save! It spoke a message to me that I want to remember! emoticon

    I hope I always treat others this way, but to actually think about it that way, at the time of dealing with or spending time with a person, really makes a difference!

    Thank you! emoticon Lori
    4002 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Happy Birthday to Bill! I love that quote. Thank you for sharing it.
    4002 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Happy Birthday, Bill!

    Another great blog, Lou! I wish everyone would treat others as friends; what an awesome place this world would be. But you know, it makes me even more thankful for the friends I DO have!

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    4002 days ago
  • GIBBLES5
    Happy Birthday to Bill!!! I have an Uncle who also celebrates his birthday on March 17th.

    As another birthday approaches I am reminded of all my gifts because I am here still, unlike my cousin who died at the age of 28 of Leukemia, and others who didn't get as many days on this earth that I have had; or people who are unable to function daily without assistance like I am. I am reminded of how truly blessed I am.

    Thanks for your thoughts Lou!!!

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    Kim
    4002 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
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    Tell brother Bill, I said Happy Birthday!

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    Doctor Wayne Dyer , suggest that we think of each other as Cousins , no matter what nationality we are, because really we are all cousins. If we thought of everyone as related to us it would be hard to hate. So none of us are really strangers , we are just cousins we have never met .

    emoticon Happy Birthday Cousin Bill!
    4002 days ago
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    Happy Birthday, Bill! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I so agree! Treat people as you would have them treat you, and they Will treat you the way you treat them.
    4002 days ago
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