A Walk in Nature
Photo taken by the author
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”
– Walt Disney
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Birthday’s remind us that we are indeed special and that we do matter in this world. The marking of a new year added reaffirms our confidence and our place in this world. We are reminded that this world is a better place because we are living here. Who we are as a person reinforces our place in this world as well as our influence in the heart’s and mind’s of those we have had the good fortune of interacting with. It is always a good thing to be reminded we are here for a reason and that there is a purpose for our existence, even if that purpose may not yet be fully known at this time. Birthday’s are God’s reminder to us that He has not forgotten about us either and that he has created us with a specific purpose and intent in mind, overall, and for lots of mini-purposes along the way. Birthday’s reveal that we are part of a grand design, one that is designed by a grand Designer. If you think about it, this thought alone can bring peace to our heart’s knowing that Somebody is thinking of us, whether we are aware of it or not.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
Birthday’s also reveal that time is a very real concept and that it is one of the few guarantees in life. What this means is that time is always moving in our world in the same way as there is always movement in the human race; that is, in the coming’s and going’s of our daily lives. Birthday’s, as a celebratory reminder, serve as an expression that time is continuous and is always moving forward, one second at a time, until eventually this addition of time culminates into another year passing, leading up to one’s birthday. In speaking of time, birthday’s also reveal our existence on planet Earth, whereby gently and kindly informing us that our time may be up one day, with there being no more time left in our Earthly pilgrimage. Thus, each passing of time serves as a timestamp as part of our mortal condition. In this way, time serves as a useful tool in showing us where we’ve come from as well as all of the great adventures that are still ahead for us. Time helps us to re-organize our priorities and determine what area’s of our life are most important in this next year – one’s that we are most passionate about as well as freeing us to discontinue other area’s as they no longer hold a value of importance for us.
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
All in all, birthday’s are a very special and important time in a person’s life. While they serve many different kinds of purpose’s, the greatest among them is that they reveal to the birthday holder that we are important, we do matter, and we do hold significance along this peculiar journey called life. As John Lennon once sang:
Another year over / And a new one just begun
“You don’t get older, you get better.”
– Shirley Bassey