Birthdays that end in zeros, culturally, carry with them expectations that we have reached some sort of milestone.
As the decades pass, we are taught to take measurement of our weight, our marital status, our career success, and other such acheivments (or failings) on these days.
There is a lot of striving energy associated with them. Is the party special enough? Have we done enough? Are we enough? Is our website pretty enough? Do have regrets? Are we still struggling with that same old issue?
I reject this energy.
I reject making my 30th birthday about taking an ‘enoughness’ inventory.
I was enough on July 29th, 1982 and I am enough July 29th, 2012. My enoughness is infallible. unshakeable. unchanging.
Even in moments when I feel not enough. I am enough, experiencing temporary disconnection from that truth.
So I don’t have a listing of “30 things I’ve accomplished” or “30 things on my bucket list.” I don’t have a list of “30 things I know for sure.”
I just have simple simple gratitude.
As Meister Eckhart says, “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
And so, because that’s all there is for me right now, the one thing I want my 30th birthday to be about is giving thanks to you.
It’s been a beautiful and delicious trip so far and we’re just getting started.
If you’re a client, a reader, or a Retreatshop attendee…If you’re a fan, a follower, or a friend…
On this birthday I am full of gratitude to you.
Thank you for helping me to share my teachings.
Thank you for joining me in calling forth the commitment to living life in harmony with our hungers.
Thank you for being kind, curious, engaged, and awesome.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
I’m so excited for what’s to come and what I’m going to get to share with you during this next ride around the sun.
Me, the abundantly lucky birthday girl, when I was wee.