Today is my birthday. Yay! From time to time I like to put the word “birthday” in my reader and go say “Happy Birthday” to people celebrating (or not celebrating) birthdays on that particular day. It is not unusual for me to find people who are sad, angry or fearful about the day. Some go so far as to say their life is over. What is sad is that these are often people in their twenties and thirties.
Then I remember the years I hated my birthday. For me twenty-nine was worse than thirty, because it came with the realization that meeting the goals I had set for thirty just wasn’t going to happen. As my life went along I also started piling up other bad events and experiences close to or on my birthday.
At twenty-nine I thought my life was over. As I progressed through my thirties I wished it was. It took a real life “near death experience” to turn me around. Not just surviving but fully recovering convinced me that there was still work for me to do.
Every day I thank God for the miracle of life. Every day I try to live my life to the fullest. Yes, even in my sixties I still celebrate my birthday and I don’t plan to stop.
So Happy Birthday to all the birthday boys and girls out there. Remember God danced the day you were born!
But shining our light in the world can be difficult, especially during the often frantic holiday season, can’t it? Could you use a few ideas for fun and easy ways to let your light shine during the holidays?
Well, I’ve got them.
From now until the end of December I will feature fun and easy ways to shine your light. There will be family friendly activities you can do alone or with friends, family, co-workers or another type of group. There won’t be set days for these posts, you’ll have to watch for them.
In a world with so much darkness it may be difficult to celebrate during the holiday season. But celebrate we must. Not in an all out go for broke material sort of way, but by letting the light of God living through and as us shine.
Bob and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today. Believe it or not, over the last 25 years driving as far as 60 miles to an orchard to buy apples has more than once been our anniversary celebration.
Have you ever been to an orchard where apples are grown? Check to see if there is an orchard that sells direct to the public in your area. Whether you pick your own or buy already picked this a good way to teach children about where their food comes from.
But the best part is eating the apples. Buy a box or two and make applesauce, your favorite apple cake or pie or how about freezing some apple slices for pie later? Don’t forget a plain old fresh apple makes a great healthy dessert or snack.
Today is Earth Day. According to the Earth Day website, “The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life to share their concerns about each citizen’s critical role in the environment. Their actions led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Now over one billion people in 192 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”
Every year during the month of April people across the United States and the world celebrate. These celebrations range from large events such as festivals or rallies to individuals and groups planting trees or picking up trash, to letter writing campaigns.
Earth Day is a great time to come together with like-minded people and work for change in how we care for the Earth, but we can’t let it stop there. Earth Day is a time to remember how important it is that we work together to save the earth, but it’s not the big splashy events that count. It’s the single, simple actions of individual every day of the year that will bring about change. What will you do today to start that change?