I will be turning 61 on Saturday. I share a birthday with Barbra Streisand and Shirley MacLaine. This year, I am having a gathering at my home. Sugartime, my singing group, will be giving a concert for 30+ family and friends. Birthdays are usually a great time for reflection, just as New Year's can be. As I look back on this past year, I am grateful that when I turned 60 I declared that it would be my best decade ever. And so far, it has been.
I have my health, my loving hubby, a wonderful relationship wtih my son, my now diabetic but otherwise healthy dog, kind and loving friends, and I pretty much get to do what I want with my time: write, blog, sing, read. How blessed can one person be? People say I deserve it, because of all the pain in my earlier years. Actually the pain lasted until I was in my forties. But I say, we all deserve it. Some of us have to work harder than others, I guess, to get to a peaceful place in our lives. My struggles are mostly internal now. Old thought patterns, familiar habits, faulty belief systems, that pop up when least expected.
On this, the 61st year of my life, I can honestly say I am content. What more could I ask for. I am so very grateful.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"ONLY ONE THING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH, AND THAT IS NOT SPEAKING IT." Naomi Wolf
"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
"The way to do is to be."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs..(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."