Today is my birthday and I just want to say how grateful I am for all the love and support I’ve received, especially over the last few years.  I don’t know how I would have ever survived without my friends and family, especially my daughter.

Birthdays used to throw me, but now I take them in stride.  It’s life that sometimes throws me — the really difficult challenges that I see happening to myself and others.  I don’t know how we get through these trials, other than to ask for help.  I do see courage and strength in everyone — and I’ve learned through meditation and Pema Chodron’s writings, and my own therapy, to accept the feelings, no matter how dark they are, and sit with them.  I don’t always succeed, but I do know that if I make a call, I generally feel better, sooner rather than later.

So on this birthday I acknowledge the gift of friendships and love.  Yesterday I made a list of 100 things I was grateful for.  It’s a good exercise — try it!


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  1. Favorite chn’iredls book had to be The Secret Garden…I loved that book.I also loved to read Louisa M. Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lloyd Alexander and CS Lewis.I enjoyed The Borrowers too:)

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