Reflections on a Birthday


So here it is another anniversary of the day of my birth.  As a child these days used to be very important but as I get older, and they seem to come faster, they are just reminders of advancing age but, all is not lost.

There are several times, during the year, when people will stop and take stock of what they have accomplished either that year or in their life time.  Perhaps it is the start of the New Year or, like me, your birthday.  I take this time to look backwards, not to dwell on things I have accomplished, or for that matter the things I have not accomplished, but rather to set the course for the coming year.  One never sets out on a journey without first knowing where they are going.

I count myself lucky if not blessed.  I have my health and a wonderful loving family, two families actually my biological one and my church family.  I have a vocation that I love and a new one as chaplain to hospice patients.  I will write more about that latter.  I have accomplished many things in my life and feel proud of where I am so I do not feel as though I would do anything different.  Someone told me once to live life without regret and I try to do that.  Sure I might tweak things here and there but for the most part I am content with the journey thus far.

It is interesting how birthdays change over time.  As I am writing this I have to break away, every now and again, to switch over to Facebook to acknowledge the birthday greetings that pop up now and again.  It is great to see greeting from Russia, Romania, Ireland, and the many other places where people on Facebook live.  For all of its faults, this is one of the great parts of Facebook and I try, each day, to acknowledge people’s birthdays.

So where do we go from here?  Well God is in charge and I rely on Him to guide the course of my life.  I learned a long time ago that life is better when I let God be in charge and I just sit back and enjoy the ride, and oh what a ride it has been.

Thank you for all of your birthday greetings.  I do read each one of them and try to respond as time allows.

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