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Categories: Inspiration

It’s My Birthday – What Shall I Give the World?

 

Once a year, each person has a birthday. Normally it is a time of reflection and contemplation. This year as I celebrate my birthday, I wonder, what is the legacy I am leaving behind? What is the message in my life?

When your birthday comes each year, what do you think and what do you do?

 

For most people, birthdays are usually good days. On your birthday, traditionally people are good to you. You are given presents, you are complimented. With the internet and social media, you can receive birthday wishes literally from all over the globe. it is a great thing. In many cases, your birthday is the only day you have the attention of the world at large and can make big, bold and incredible statements. Think of your birthday as an opportunity to create a legacy you will be happy to look back at on future birthdays.

No matter what type of work I have done professionally over the course of my life, I have always been a teacher, a helper and counselor and an advisor. It brings me joy to encourage, inspire and motivate others to achieve the great things in their dreams. My life is enriched and made better each time I help another person to achieve their dreams. I am a church girl at heart. Church girls often talk about their mission and the area of ministry where they will serve. My ministry is in using words to encourage, inspire and motivate others. It the gift with which I have been blessed and a way for me to serve God.

On my birthday, my family, of course, gives me gifts, compliments and kindness. Friends call, write and send birthday cheer. Through the mystery and magic of the internet and social media, I get birthday wishes from around the world – literally around the world. It amazes me, surprises me and indeed thrills me. When I receive messages from people who wish me a happy birthday, compliment me and thank me for providing some type of encouragement, inspiration and motivation I feel successful. Yes, I get satisfaction from doing those things, but there is something wonderful about hearing from others that what you think is your life mission is actually working!

 

Your birthday comes but once each year, when it does pick a way to make a mark on the world during the course of the next year.

 

I encourage you to look at your birthday as an opportunity to receive and to give something, your best self to the world. On your birthday, sit back, relax and enjoy all the gifts, compliments and good wishes. If possible, save them. Place all the cards in a special box or folder, do screen shots of the good wishes, print them out and add them to the collection of cards. You will be able to pull these out and look at them all year long when you have hard days. I know people say it is better to give than to receive. But, on your birthday, it is your chance to receive, so enjoy receiving. Enjoy being special. Enjoy all the good things that come your way. Enjoy the good feelings and the smiles the day brings you. Don’t forget to get a slice of cake! Birthday cake is special and I think it is an essential food group item!

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Janeane Davis

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  • Belated happy birthday to you! Yes, I do have a slam book (from my school days) wherein all my close friends wrote goodie goodie things, fun things about me on my birthday I read my slam book plus the birthday cards every year on my birthday and that just alone makes my day ❤️

  • This is such a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! It's really nice to give something that will surely help a lot of people.

  • I used to have a love hate relationship with my birthday but now I appreciate it and love to gift myself and my mother.

  • Happy Birthday to you!! I hope your legacy continues and those around you appreciate and emulate all you have done.

  • I really want to set up a donation for my birthday. I have seen other people do this and I think it's a really great idea.

  • I don't always celebrate my birthday. It all depends on how busy I am. Happy birthday. I hope you had a lovely day.

  • Love this post so much. I hadn't thought of it this way. Thank you for sharing this with us and happy birthday!

  • This is such a wonderful perspective about our birthdays and I totally agree with you on this idea.

  • Love this point of view. Love the idea to save the cards and birthday wishes for later. It will be always a pleasure to read them.

  • Happy birthday! That's a great way to celebrate! I would love to do the same for mine.

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