I am about to turn 46, and I have been receiving best wishes from all over the world today from people I have never met. I am blown away because I don't really do the birthday thing, but I have been reading your posts and thinking about receiving blessings and such, so I am compelled to receive them. It's just that I was unprepared for the emotional impact that they are having on me. I confess that I don't always follow the suggestions I offer in this blog, for reasons that are not readily apparent :)

See, I come from a long line of service-type people. My father and mother always taught me to be a servant, and while I know it has aided me in my perspective of what it means to give, I have only recently acquired the ability to truly receive. I am so thankful for them, and the fact that they are in such great health. I am grateful today for so many things. I have a beautiful wife who thinks I am "all that and a bag of chips." (That's southern speak for she thinks I am the greatest.) I have a son who has literally broken the mold in that he has, and will continue to achieve at levels unprecedented in my experience. I have best friends who have shown me the kind of acceptance that until I met them, I had only read about in the hundreds of books that I have devoured looking for just that :)

Now, it appears that I have new friends, and these friends do not specifically realize the ways in which they are contributing to my becoming who I really am. I would love to list all of them and link you to their particular sites but I am fearful of missing one or two, so I am hesitant. I will link you to two of the many that I visited today. The first is from Tammy. She shares her day via her blog, and today's post spoke to me deeply. Thanks Tammy.

The next one of them is from my first and now my best blogger friend. His name I do not know. I have been calling him Ari (he has not divulged his real name), and he is from the Philippines. He claims to have a dark side, but with as much light as he obviously possesses, I think I can handle it. He goes by the name Hanging on a Hyphen. He is a brilliant writer with a great mind. He is also very giving and full of surprises. Thanks again... whatever your name is.

I have to run now. Evening celebrations have sprung up in spite of my desire to keep my birthdays quiet. I receive it all, and this year for the first time since I was a kid, I am going to savor it, and cherish it in my heart.

Gratitude. A simple word offering the promise of new beginnings. I feel brand new today.

I feel at peace. -- jb


  1. Thank you for reminding us that gratitude is a choice, and when we choose to live in a constant state of gratitude, we are given "the promise of new beginnings."

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday, I came to know it today only :)

    Like you I also keep my birthday celebrations quiet. I have a different reason though, AND just for a little fun I would like you to guess why.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment there. I hope you will like my future posts too.

  3. Ha I don't do birthdays anymore either. That is one thing I caught on right away haha. And no time.

    Thank you for this wonderful message.


  4. Oh what an honor to be mentioned here. Hey you know I am southern!

    I cannot wait to get over here to read more. I am growing so much through the lives of other people. I love to read about life. It is great. I am in my 40's also. I didn't realized until recently how thankful I should be. I am realizing that life will pass me by if I don't stop to take it all in. I am like you...blessed with incredible children. They are my world. You know...I am happy to say I am their world.

    Oh, I am so happy that you took the time to mention me in your blog. Then you took the time to let me know. I had a really busy week last week. I did not get around like I wanted to. Patience is good. In this big blogging world some are so offended if they give you mention and you miss it for a day or two. The comment you left triggered me.

    Well, a big Happy Birthday to you. I will be seeing you around in the comment section.

    Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Hey, bear with me. Not all my post can be uplifting. I have many down days. You will see.

  5. Well, as I sit here eating my sandwich and reading your blog I can honestly say that I have met a kindred spirit.

    I am so glad you stopped by my site. After reading your post "Gratitude" I am deeply touched. I loved the way you wrote about your wife and son, your parents and friends. Your conscious ability to see what you have and are blessed with is VERY refreshing. It filled me with joy and a sense of clean air.

    And yes, Tammy is pure delight; I can see why you like her site as well. She is the same. I too love her site, insights, photos and wisdom. A real Gem

    Also, a very Happy Birthday to you, although belated. It is heartening to know there are people that move through the world with fresh eyes, eager for life and embracing all they are blessed with. Good for you Jeff!

    It is a gift meeting you,


Have any thoughts on this post? I'd really love to hear from you. Be Peace, Make Peace -- jb