Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Double 4



There was a time I detested my birthday. There was a time, on the cusp of 35, I was deeply depressed. I used to hold my birthday as a barometer of where I had not gone, what I had not achieved, and how off base my life was from that of societal norms. It was all I could do to hold my head above water while waiting for November 5th to pass. It's November 5th, 2008. I detest my birthday no longer.
Like my reblooming orchid, which once had 2 spectacular stems of flowers, and neat, compact roots, I find myself leaning off to the side. I have less blooms than I once did. I have wayward roots bent on seeing how far I can stretch beyond my formerly compact world. I have more leaves to take in more light. I am growing in a less structured way. I am doing my own thing. I am more interesting than I was.
So today, on my 44th birthday, a big rat's ass to societal norms. I am not irrelevant. I am not past my prime. I have work to do in this world: service to others, healing, creating beauty, offering compassion. I have finally learned to appreciate the beat of that different drummer I have heard my whole life. I choose to torment myself no longer.
Instead, I will eat cake. I will embrace the audacity of hope. I will ask God for the grace to do and say and not say what is in Its highest plan for me and those I cherish. I will express gratitude for the amazing people who bless my life. I will keep it simple. I will choose love.
p.s. And how's this for an lovely Universal gift? ~as I turned 44, I watched the gracious and dignified 44th President-Elect bring me to tears with his acceptance speech.

7 comments:

  1. susan@80o11/05/2008

    Oh, Graciel, will I never learn? Will I never remember? You always remember mine and are so generous to boot---my orchid still has original blooms on it (since July!). I wish you every good thing in the year ahead, you beautiful young thing, you. :)
    Lovingly,
    Susan xxoo

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  2. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the double post. Your as wonderful and beautiful as your orchid. The acceptance speech was incredible.

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  3. Happy belated birthday to you, Graciel! Yesterday was also my mother's birthday. She turned 78!

    Those flowers are gorgeous! :)

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  4. Bon Anniversaire!! 44 is the rule! 4 plus 4 equals 8. 8 is the Ruling number in feng shui right now till 2024, and it is 2008!!! You are blessed! Oh, Lady, 35 is a good year, too. I have never been so full of hope and understanding. Thank you for your support.

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday! I celebrate birthdays now with a nod to the Universe thanking it for another year! I try not to think of time passing but am grateful for the time I have been given. In the last few years I have lost some loved ones and often reflect that I have been given a gift of time that they were not granted. Embrace every day! Life is unpredictable. 44 is a great year!

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  6. Happy Belated birthday dear...sorry i didn't get here sooner to wish you a happy birthday, but what a gift to share your special day with the promise of a new future for SO many!
    I just read about your loved one missing in action, how unsettling and sad, your heart must feel so vulnerable, i am sorry. i will keep you in my thoughts and hope you hear from him soon. please take care. xoox
    with love,
    misty

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  7. Another beautiful Scorpio. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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I always appreciate the time you take to comment on my blog. Thank you for stopping by. Peace from my heart to yours. xo, Graciel