#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.