Saturday, July 21, 2012

Celebrating 53

Everyday affords me an opportunity to celebrate the wonders and blessings of life. I make a conscious decision to focus on the positive, to appreciate moments, to tell my husband I love him, to enjoy the beauty of the coneflowers & black-eyed susans, the taste of an heirloom tomato, the silkiness of a sip of fine cabernet, the softness of my cat's fur, the sounds of laughter, the exhileration & exhaustion of gardening or a vigorous yoga practice.

 As of today I have lived 53 years of joys and sorrows, highs and lows, ups and downs, triumph and tragedy, love and loss, laughter and tears. To borrow from "Hamlet", one could say that I've weathered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, wandered down a few wrong forks in the road, picked the wrong card in the deck, chose door number 3 when the Maytag washer & dryer was behind door number 2, and basically made some ill advised decisions that made life harder that it had to be. But, these decisions have brought me to where I am supposed to be and who I am supposed to be today. And I celebrate today -

I feel gratitude to all who have touched my life along the way.  In particular, I am blessed with my wonderful husband, Todd, my best friend and partner in life, who loves me as I am - which is sometimes lazy, cranky and unadorned (even when he does not entirely appreciate my sense of humor and tendency to laugh uproariously in public)

And I feel gratitude for my parental units who brought me into this world, still laugh together after 57 years of marriage, taught me to think for myself, loved me when I really wasn't so lovable & gave me the wings to fly on my own.

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