This weekend I celebrated my birthday. Another year older, perhaps a little wiser, and definitely, my grateful. Grateful, you might ask? Yes. I have my health, I am getting my fitness back, my family and friends are all well and generally, life, though stressful, is positive.
How did I celebrate?
Not with a grand event; nor with a party; but quietly and with friends and family. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but as I have come to realise, it is not the events themselves that you remember, but the time you spend with people you care about.
We went for a walk and a picnic by the river Thames. I love spending time by water, be it the sea or a river. The sounds of the water passing by always put me in a calm and reflective frame of mind. It is good to meditate by water as you allow the sounds to wash over you. In fact, the picture accompanying this post was taken on the walk along the river. You don’t expect to see a beach on the river Thames, do you?
What about gifts you may say?
The smallest gift means the most to me, not the most expensive. It is the thought that goes into the buying of the present. That might sound tright, but it is how I feel. It is not that I have everything in the world, but my needs are simple and I have most of what I need to enjoy life. A new wallet, some tasty chocolate, and bottle of wine were the gifts to me.
Since it was a great birthday weekend, this is only a short post. I leave you with the following quote:
“Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.” ― Susan B. Anthony