A birthday is a sacred occasion.
It marks the day when one first emerged into this existence.
For a parent, it marks the day when one's existence was forever altered by the birth of a child; the day when one's existence clearly came to serve the greater good.
A birthday celebrates the persistent continuity of the Life Force--a force that some might call God.
Thus, a birthday should be recognized with gratitude. It should be held with quiet reverence.
We cannot ask others to do this for us. Though they may help us celebrate outwardly, we are the only ones who may rightfully claim the importance of our own birth.
We are the only ones who may properly give thanks for our emergence into this existence.
And the opportunity to continue our travels through this lifetime.
So it is today that I do this for myself.
I welcome this day with quiet joy and a simple prayer.
That I may ever do justice to the life that I have been given.
That I may fully and passionately embrace all that crosses my path.
That I may serve, whenever possible, the greater good.
That my moments upon this earth reflect my humble acknowledgement of the majesty of this world.
That those who have seen fit to love me know the depth of my appreciation.
That I may always seek to love deeply in return.
That I may know the grace of God for as long as I am meant.
These words I offer.
Walden birthday, 2011
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