2012-10-21

Best Gifts

Hello, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Yesterday I turned 49, and as I get older Birthdays have a different meaning to me then they use to. To me they are not about the gifts I get or didn't get, who remembered or who didn't. My Birthday's have become a day that I reflect on my life and where I am at. I think of life as a constant work in progress because we all have room for growth. So as I reflect each Birthday, I think of how have I progressed this year, if at all, and how is it going to add to my life in the coming year. I think this year my personal progress was acceptance. I have come to accept the circumstances of this past year with less anger, less need to control all of it. The circumstances that brought about my anger and/or frustration were job gain and then job loss, but with the acceptance of that one job loss, along came a better job. This year, I know for sure, that the hardest thing I learned to accept was Death. I no longer question why, I no longer curse the Gods for it. I've always known Death was a part of life, but at this point in my life, I didn't expect so much of it, and it angered me, hurt me, but with acceptance, I can now have peace with it. So as I head into the next year of life, I can honestly say, I get it now when they say your middle ages bring you more freedom. Learning true acceptance has helped to let go of so much, and in letting go, I've got peace and personal freedom. Who could ask or want for better gifts than those! Not me, not at all.
Thanks for reading my deep thoughts!
Janet :)

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11 comments:

  1. yes, life is about learning... from one lesson to another, we get better... then we move on to a higher level of "acceptance" which brings forth genuine "freedom" as an individual because it is only then that we have fully grasped what life is really all about. embrace life! happy birthday, dear janet! {{{hugsss}}}

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    1. Thank you Bing, it is so nice to have you around again, I like what you said, we get to "higher levels" of acceptance, that describes growth perfectly!

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  2. Peace and personal freedom are awesome gifts!!

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday Janet :)

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    1. Thank you Gina, I'm so glad you agree with me :)

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  3. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Janet,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

    What Gina said about peace and personal freedom. Right on the money.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Sandee, you sang that so well lol! I love it, thank you so much!

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  4. Happy Birthday! You are more philosophical than I - I'm all about birthday cards, presents, cakes - for me birthdays are party time!

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    1. I know what a bore I am lol! Maybe I should find a happy medium, thanks Grace :)

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  5. Happy Birthday Janet, it sounds like you are giving yourself a wonderful gift. One thought I always keep in mind, "Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." From Lao Tzu. It's helped me accept whatever comes my way.

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