One above and two below

Photo on 1-28-13 at 5.50 PM

Three people who are very dear to me—one above forty and two below—are celebrating their birthday today.

I was talking with one friend yesterday about the upcoming event. I asked him how he felt about his birthday and what he was thinking about. He told me he had been reflecting on the things he accomplished in his life and imagining all the things he still wanted to do in the years to come.

If New Year’s is like a great and all-powerful cleaning of the slate for people around the world, then perhaps a birthday is just the same only for each individual person in their own time. It is a day to sit quietly and reflect on the days that have come before and those that will follow. It is a time to remember how precious life is and that we have a choice in celebrating each day in creating the reality we want for ourselves and for the people we care about.

Photo on 1-28-13 at 5.50 PM #3

Well, my birthday is not exactly right around the corner, I can still choose to see each day as a new beginning, a chance to start something new, create a clean slate, or continue with the intention in doing the things that make my life meaningful.

Whether it is your birthday or un-birthday on this January evening, this song is for you.

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