Saturday, August 18, 2012

Joy is Contagious


Starting today, I look at birthdays differently. 

At 12, 19, 29, and even just last year, I looked at birthdays as a reason to hear from people, and "be loved." Sometimes, the cards, phone calls, emails, and now texts, came from people I never expected. 

While it’s a blessing to have people remember me on my birthday, I suddenly see it as an opportunity to take that blessing and give it right back. This is a new vantage point and it emerged at some point overnight, two nights ago.

“Some special people make the world brighter just by being in it...” Or, so says a card someone sent me for my birthday. I thought, what a wonderful message! 

Birthdays can serve as an opportunity to rebirth a friendship, a close relationship, or just nurture the acquaintanceships that circle our lives. 

It’s not about me. It’s about you and me, and how we interact. 

It’s my birthday, and while I am celebrating it as the day I came into this world, my hope is to celebrate life each day. More than that, I want to celebrate each one of you, my friends, everyday, for two are better than one and joy is contagious. 

“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. 
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” 
~ Ecclesiastes 4:10 ~

“Your friends help define both what is normal and what is possible.” 
~ Jud Wilhite, July 1, 2012 ~

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