Happy Birthday To Me!

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Today is my birthday.  For the first time in a long time, I am away on business, away from  family and friends.  I usually spend my birthday is the great company of my friends, and we drink wine, and rejoice in the celebration that we are all healthy.  We don’t take it for granted.  It’s a gift, and we celebrate and rejoice that very precious gift.

Being away from everyone, though, gives me a chance to reflect at some of the things I would like to accomplish in the coming year.   I think of Morgan Freeman’s line from the movie “The Bucket List”….

Have you found joy?

Have you brought joy to others.

I think that’s a great start to the upcoming 12 months.  When I took this assignment, which meant being away from home for the better part of a year, I had some things I wanted to accomplish.  I wanted to read more.  With no television – that’s being done.   I wanted to get in better shape – again with no television in my life, I get closer to that goal every day with exercise.  I wanted to volunteer more (need to check into that) and I wanted to improve upon my public speaking.

One of the great joys in my life is sitting down with a good book and a glass of wine.   I am doing that, which brings alot of joy to myself.  Plus, exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, and the results I am seeing, is also bringing joy.  So,  although I miss family and friends a great deal, I am finding joy in this assignment.  Not to mention the joy that accomplishing the task will bring.  That brings me to the bringing joy to others.  I am putting this in writing, I am going to volunteer more.  It is important that I find something that brings joy to others, who otherwise may not be experiencing joy in their lives.

Any suggestions?

Darlene

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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Me!”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Happy Birthday special lady!

    I do have a suggestion….. join HOPE Giving Circle….only 1 hour/$10 a month and you get to spread a lot of joy around! Now that you are the side of the island, you may be able to make the scatter meeting…. 1st Sunday of every month @ 2:00pm. However, August meeting is cancelled due to a lot of people unable to attend. next one is at my house/backyard on Sunday, Sept. 13th (we move meeting ahead a wk in Sept due to labour day).

    What do you think…. it’s an awesome bunch of women, you’d love it!

    Have a wicked day! Let’s celebrate both our b-days when you get back
    Michelle

  2. darmyers Says:

    Michelle,
    That is an awesome idea. Count me in. I will mark in my calendar.
    Darlene

  3. Happy Birthday Dar!

    You certainly bring joy to your friends and family.

    Use the time to explore the changes and bring joy to your own life.

    Looking forward to raising a glass the next time we get together.

    Cheers Lass

    GK

    • darmyers Says:

      Thank you GK! I am really looking forward to seeing you the next time I am home, and raising a glass as well.
      Dar

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