It’s My Birthday!
Do you know what day it is? It is National Encouragement Day! Â National Chocolate Milkshake day, Police Woman Day and National Video Games Day! It is also the day that I was born. Â I share this day with Jennifer Hudson, Maurice Chevalier, Madame Curie, Henry Husdon andÂ Bob Brouwer among others.
Birthdays are one day we can call our own. Â We can give ourselves permission to honor life, our uniqueÂ place in God’s storyÂ and the precious relationships we have that make life what it is. Â The day a person is born is worth celebrating; it is worth remembering over and over! Â And either, we like birthdays or we don’t. Â I guess I am a birthday person. Â Or at least I grew up in a home where I felt celebrated every year.Â I can remember most of the celebrations. I remember less of the gifts. Â I remember parties and cakes, friends, sleepovers, special events…I know that Jim worked hard to make the special days count, even though he really was not a birthday person himself. Â I think it was because he didn’t really like the attention and he was not a “cake” person!
It is also the beginning of a year for me. Â It is a day of self-reflection, which is not always easy, unless IÂ focus on what I learn from the failures and shortcomings. Hindsight is a valuable tool but only if used for future good. I like to look back and recalibrate so that I can have an even better year than any before. Â Everybody has a reason to celebrate their time on the earth. We just may have to stop and think about it before we can grasp it.
So I am remembering some favorite moments in my life and some of the people who have made me the person I have become. Next year I hope I am thinner, wiser, more generous and kind. Â May God get all the glory, but may my life be worth the glory He gets!
Here’s to another 365 day journey around the Sun/SON!