Sunday was my birthday. I could have chosen to make it special by doing something completely different from normal. So, I did and I didn’t.
I started my morning off in the usual way: coffee and a morning meditation. It was normal. Which made it special. I realized that I’m doing so much of what I’ve said I want to do in my life. Ahhhh…
I took extended time with Scout (the Wonder/Play Dog) curled up next to me going through email, social media, and friends’ blogs. When I came to my niece’s blog, it struck me again how much my life is aligning with what I have asked for over the years. I left a comment to acknowledge my gratitude.
In the early afternoon, I played for a wedding with one of my favorite local musicians, Chris Souza of Penn Strings. It was a sweet ceremony (marked by loud calls and cries of the seven children attending). Being in the presence of young love and getting to play beautiful music: I couldn’t ask for a nicer gift.
So, I started wondering how something so wonderful as this happened to me. What I mean is that my life is becoming what I wanted it to be and I’m a little surprised to find my life being so awesome. Here are the things I’ve come up with so far:
I — very recently — have finally started to really get what it means to keep the promises I make, especially to myself. And not just on my birthday.
I may not practice music as much as I should, but practices and practicing are crucial elements in my life. In keeping with the wisdom of Phil Porter, I try to hold every (healthy, appropriate) repeated activity as a spiritual practice.
I don’t remember where I first heard it, but someone said to think of life more like a trajectory (as opposed to a goal). This way of thinking has brought so much added ease and clarity to my life. It has allowed me to create a less stressful way of moving forward.
The people in my life are awesome. I have tons of awesome friends both in-real-life and in the social media and virtual world of which this blog is a part. Thank you all for being part of what is making my life become so much of what I desire.
There was a dramatic sunset on my birthday, by the way.