It’s my birthday! and in honor of myself (gosh, why is that so hard for us to say?) I’ve decided to reflect on the past year and note a few inner accomplishments I’m particularly proud of.
I know, I know, big spender, right? And not only cheap but a tad narcissistic? Nah, I’m not buying that either. Consider how many other annual achievements we recognize and celebrate guiltlessly: weight loss, increased earnings, a larger, fancier home? Not one of these are questioned by our culture (but in fact, encouraged), yet acknowledge personal growth and suddenly you’re an egomaniac.
That has-been story aside, if self love is something we recognize as essential, not only to our experience of joy and the fulfillment of our purpose on this planet, but to every single earthly encounter, we’d best get used to recognizing growth and celebrating it at least as often as we reflect on our shortcomings and strivings, don’t you think? Okay, so maybe not that often, but at least, say…once a year? I’ll go first.
A Year’s Worth of Accomplishments I’m Particularly Proud Of:
You know the most amazing part, though? Had you asked me before I made this list, I might have described my year as minimally productive or pretty rough or a difficult time of transition. All it took was half an hour of honest reflection to recognize how rich and renewing it really was.
And so, a guiltless, self-affirmed Happy Birthday to me!, cheers to honoring our selves toward the good of us each and us all and a huge hug to every one of you for your (enormous) part in my process. Know that I count you among my greatest gifts and will spill some cerveza in the sand for you esta noche!