My Birthday Manifesto

It is good that once a year the day of our birth comes around to remind us to stop and breathe and give thanks for life, living and love.

It is good that on this day we are reminded of all the love that fills our every breath.

It is good that on this day we take the time to reflect and appreciate all we’ve experienced, received and given over the past year(s).

It is good to be thankful on this day for the people in our lives who make it so rich and special.

It is good to take time on our day of birth (and everyday) to acknowledge within us the deep place of knowing, who we are shines brightest in our connections to one another. That Love fills the intersection of each relationship with its never-ending flow.

It is good that we stop and acknowledge and give thanks for that which binds us together, connects us and keeps us safe – Love.

It is good that we give thanks for the Love that illuminates our hearts, filling our lives with such abundance and joy.

It is good that we give thanks on this day for the trials and tribulations, the pains and sorrows we’ve experienced. They are part of the tapestry of our life that lets us test our wings and unfurl them just a little bit further.

It is good to remember that no matter how dark the day, the light shines brightest in the darkness.

It is good that we fall into gratitude for the richness and beauty in the depths of all that is present in our lives.

It is all good.

And on this day of my birth, It is good to acknowledge how my journey is strengthened and made more beautiful because it is woven into the lives of so many people whom I love so deeply my heart aches in the joy and wonder of that Love.

And it is good to acknowledge on this day that I believe in Love. I believe in the power, the majesty, the wonder of this energy that embraces our world in such beauty it takes my breath away.

Because I believe that in all things, in all ways, in darkness and in light, in beauty and in sorrow, in joy and in loss, in wonder and in tears, there is always Love.

It is my birthday today. I am grateful for all of you who come and share this space with me, who leave comments and likes and tiny little footprints that illuminate my heart with your presence throughout the year.

I am blessed with this beautiful life I inhabit. In the love I know is real and true and deep and profound.

I am joyful in this space in which I find myself today and every day. This space where I get to live my life free of fear and turmoil. Where I know when I flip the switch the lights will come on. That when I open the fridge there will be food to eat. That when I open the front door, there will be only friendly faces to greet me. That when I walk the streets I do not fear bombs falling or guns rattling. That I do not shiver with cold because I have a warm coat and boots and gloves to protect me from the cold.

I am thankful for my home. My lamp lit desk that overlooks the river. My bright and airy studio that inspires my creativity and personal reflections and expressions. My home. My beloved. My family and friends. My delightful Beaumont.

I am grateful that my world is filled with such possibility, such joy, such Love. That I am free to express myself without fear. That I am free to be myself without censure.

I am grateful for another year to have journeyed around the sun connected to the world in new and exciting ways that enliven my outlook and sparkle-up my perspective of this amazing, crazy, sometimes thought-defying, inexplicably cruel and breathtakingly beautiful world of harmony and contradictions. Of grandeur and of pain. Of our human condition in all its multi-faceted dimensions. Of our natural world showing us what is possible when we let go of fearing one another and join hands in peace, hope, Love and joy.

It is my birthday today. I am so blessed.

17 thoughts on “My Birthday Manifesto

  1. The very happiest birthday to you … and may the coming year be filled with joy and abundance. Congratulations on living through all the struggles of your life … you are strong and resourceful and will continue to meet everything life brings you with an open heart and confidence in your own abilities to learn and grow from everything. Many hugs.

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  2. I find it ironic that I got the following Daily Word today and it pertains to your special day. I wanted to share it with you.

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    Today and every day I celebrate life!
    Monday, December 9, 2019
    I celebrate my life today! I wake up, look out the window, and behold a marvelous new day. How will I celebrate this day? I begin with gratitude for the gift of my life. I am blessed with people who care for me, with a creative mind that is open to new ideas, and with a physical body that serves me in so many wondrous ways.

    I celebrate all life today. I declare this day to be one of the best ever! I look for and discover evidence of good and evidence of God in all I see. The beauty of nature astonishes me. I am filled with even greater joy and faith as I see the love, courage, strength, and willingness shared by others. Today is a day to enjoy and cherish for its immense richness.

    A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance … a cheerful heart has a continual feast.—Proverbs 15:13, 15

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  3. I love this, Louise. I am usually very cranky on my birthday. Not an age thing so much as wanting to avoid attention and fuss. Your attitude is so much more gracious. Wishing you a happy (belated) birthday. 😊


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