Repurposing Birthdays

candles to awakenCelebrating the day you came into this world
 is fine
Rather than ask
How many years old am I
How many years do I have,

Try Celebrating
How many times you’ve told
your partner,
husband,son,daughter, yourself…

I love you!

Make merry
On the many times have you woken up
And greeted the new day with
Eager Anticipation!

Have you excitedly counted the times
When you’ve taken responsibility for
Everything in your life?

With bubbling satisfaction
Have you kept track of
Those moments you discovered

You just might be wrong?

Revel over those times
You admitted
“I don’t know.”

Imagine giving a party and inviting all your friends
complete with all the decadent yummies
“I just forgave myself for the 100th time!!
Now that is cause for celebration!

While you are in this 
Painting- the- town
Counting stuff mood

How many times have you really enjoyed…
a good book
a good  movie
a good laugh
a good meal
a good cry
a great conversation?

Pay tribute
To those times
You have sincerely apologized
and met a challenge in your life 
with  infinite Grace?

You might remember
all the times you asked – Why?

The opportunities
 You found
To ask
What am I supposed to learn here?

Live it up!, 
Have a Ball!
Happy …. YOU-day!


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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

1 Comment

  1. Margaret and Steve |

    Dearest Paul, the Muse of Contemplation must have given you this thought-ful gift of IN-sight on Your-day. Thank you for sharing! And, while I’m at it: thank you for your wonderful blog – I never fail to find some jewel in it. AND, our heart-felt THANK YOU for YOU!!! Hope you got our text on the 31st…