Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday. Forty-eight years ago, I entered the world, joined in the human race. I’m having a great life, for which I am grateful. Further, I am grateful that I feel grateful. Being aware that this life is a precious opportunity helps me tremendously to keep things in perspective. Gratitude connects me to the long history of every ancestor who lived, struggled, and suffered so that I am here now, enjoying this life. When I consider all of the factors that must have happened to result in my being here, I feel overwhelmed by the swell of emotion.

Opportunity and gratitude are the potential and the engine. I turn the key and ignite the engine by making choices that support my highest good and affirm my belief in the abundant nature of reality. Mindfulness is the fuel. Every time I come fully to the present moment and accept it all without judgment, I keep gratitude going. Gratitude, in turn, activates the flow of abundance. While I’m focusing on gratitude, I have to mention that I also attribute abundance to optimism, kindness, cooperation, respectfulness, and attentive observation.

I suppose I’m feeling reflective today. Birthdays can bring up the association of self-reflection. Thinking about who I want to be in the world. Noting all the ways my actions line up with who I want to be. Noting where I can improve. Noticing that I’m noticing all of this, and happy for this self-awareness. Back to gratitude. Like meditation. Back to the intention, again and again. Returning to home. For this birthday, I give a gift to me and to you, dear reader. Gratitude. Connectedness. Life.

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