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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. 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. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“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

“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.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Upcoming birthday celebration

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.



Tabitha Bird said...

Content. Wow. That is HUGE. what a birthday present to give yourself. Happy Birthday Karen. My guess is that no one will trump that present of contentment :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I agree with Tabitha--contentment is WONDERFUL! And something that's so hard to attain.

Happy Birthday!

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Mason Canyon said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many, many more years to explore.

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Joanne said...

It sounds like you are in a very good place right now, enjoy every moment of it!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happy birthday early!

Helen Ginger said...

Beautiful post, Karen. And I love that your singing group will be performing for your party.

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arlee bird said...

Your contentment and state of outlook is great news -- we should all be so fortunate. Any chance of a video of the singing performance on your site ?-- that would be pretty cool.
Have a great Birthday celebration!
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Ann said...

Happy Birthday for Saturday! I hope your celebrations are full of laughter and happy memories.

Jen said...

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!! You share your birthday with some awesome women!!! Enjoy the celebration, it sounds like you have truly enjoyed life and cheers too more!!

T. Anne said...

Happy early birthday! I believe contentment is the greatest gift of all!!!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

It sounds as if you will have a wonderful celebration - which is exactly what you deserve. Happy early birthday, Karen! I wish you many many more years of contentment.

The Old Silly said...

I turned 60 last winter and I'm proud to be that age. I love the Richard Prior quip, "You know, old folks they be some smart mother(blee)ers. You don't get to be old bein' no fool." LOL

You look great and are in great spirits, so feel as young as you want and enjoy the wisdome you've gained in all these years, hmm?

Maryann Miller said...

What a great testament to a healthy attitude. So happy that you have found contentment. My 60's have been great for me, too, and other than some personal losses, I can say they have been some of the best years.

Cyndi said...

Happy Birthday!! There is no better gift than contentment.

Karen Walker said...

You guys are all so awesome. Wish you could all come to the b'day party. Wouldn't that be a blast?

Anonymous said...

...and how do you stay content? I think by developing that gratitude. Have a very Happy Birthday, Karen. I'm programming on Saturday Night. Shall I program Achy Breaky Heart? (One of your favorite dances, but the name is rather jarring to this contentment theme, no?)