How to celebrate and enjoy your birthday~~
Today is my birthday. I am older now, so it looks a little different. Here is a repost of a previous blog on my birthday thoughts.
It is so much fun receiving gifts and birthday cakes. Have you ever went through your closets are were surprised at all the stuff your closet has amassed in the past year. Did you think “How did I get all this stuff?” It doesn’t really make sense how you seem to have acquired the equivalent to an entire section of a department-store piled inside your closet, but it should tell you something. It shows that we are blessed with many creature comforts that the rest of the world does not enjoy. I am not against stuff. I love stuff, but I also know that too much stuff can be too much. When we are put in situations where we have to do without our comforts and rituals we are accustomed to, we really gain perspective of how blessed we really are.
“The month of May was always a big birthday celebration month for me and my best friend, Debra. We didn’t technically share our birthday. Debra’s birthday was May 28th while mine is May 15th. But every year for our birthday, we spent the day together shopping and going out to eat. It was so much fun. The Mays following her death were extremely hard.
Rebecca had a May birthday like me and Debra, so I looked forward to possibly sharing it like I did with Debra, but we didn’t have the same type of friendship. Debra and I were stay-at-home moms, and Rebecca and I were business owners with busy schedules. The week of our birthday was extremely busy with jobs for both Rebecca and me, and there was simply no time to celebrate. My thought was “ I don’t want to celebrate my birthday “.
My organizing client that day was so sweet. It was the week she was moving in her home, and we didn’t even have all her boxes unpacked, but she wanted to do something special for me. She baked a can of biscuits and stacked them up with a candle on top. That was my official birthday cake. That evening, Joe had a meeting and there was no time to celebrate. Charlie took me to the movie, but I really just wanted to go home and get the day over.
The following Monday I went to the mall with Rebecca. I never guessed what the day was about. We went in this cute shop, and I found some fun things to buy. I decided to buy her a gift, but when I went to purchase something for myself she said, “Wait, aren’t we supposed to buy gifts for each other? Isn’t that what you and Debra did?” Oh my gosh! I felt so happy!
Not having my family with me on my birthday, and remembering the fun birthdays I used to have with Debra made me feel so down, but after Rebecca celebrated with me in a small gesture, I realized that I still have more than enough to feel blessed with my life.”
Excerpt based on my book Uncluttered: Discovering Strength and Purpose in the Chaos of Life. Available on Amazon. Cake from NolaBelles Bakery, New Orleans, LA.
Thanks for reading, Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker