Happy Birthday

Re-posted from Art For Ever Facebook page

Re-posted from Art For Ever Facebook page

Last night, on the eve of my birthday, I stood out on my deck. A storm front was rolling in and the air was cooler than the day’s had been, but still lovely to the skin. I focused for a good bit on that feeling of wind on my hair, face and arms. I let myself fall as deeply in love with that feeling as I have ever allowed myself to feel for anything. I asked myself if this moment was my last would this be enough? Was this moment all my life ever needed to be? Could I say it was the most satisfying life ever, if this was the pinnacle moment? I wept with how strong the yes came. For years, I have, like everyone else pondered what needs to be in my life to be happy. What needs to change or be different? What do I need to ‘do’ for my life’s mission to be attained. Honestly, it’s hard not to write, blah, blah, blah. We have it so backwards. It is never anything happening in our life or acquired or become. Those are all extensions of ourselves. Without self love there is nothing else. When you have self love you need nothing else. The simplest things become exquisite. Even now writing this that air still moves over my skin and I almost can’t contain the joy it gives me. I turn 52 today. I was born at 2:50pm and my mother used to say, to stretch out my birthday, that technically my birthday does not start till then and goes till the next day. I’d say it begins now and goes forever. What a lovely gift to give myself. Today, I give it to all of you. Happy Birthday to all of you. Today is the first day of your life. It is the best day. The only day. The most beautiful day. If you can focus on only one thing in your practice, make it self love. Love yourself with all the passion and power you have ever given anything in your whole life. Everything changes on that single decision. Absolutely everything.

45 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

    • Thank you, my friend. I normally don’t cross pollinate, but did post it on Be Here Now, too. Felt like a good message to spread. Blessings to your day, your week, your beautiful life.

    • Love that… dragonfly. Someone gave me a beautiful dragonfly card today. Yes, the second half of my life is definitely going to be less is more and what I do have I will enjoy with a great heart.

  1. I hope that your “long” birthday went great!…
    Noelle , thanks fro sharing these deep words… These ones truly resonated in me: “I asked myself if this moment was my last would this be enough? Was this moment all my life ever needed to be? Could I say it was the most satisfying life ever, if this was the pinnacle moment? I wept with how strong the yes came.”~
    All my best wishes! Aquileana 😀

  2. You have a beautiful way of putting your experience in to words. Wonderful post Noelle, and happy birthday to you. Have a joyful and celebrative day.

    • Mr hank you, my friend. I was so glad to see your recent post that indicated you’d been vacationing. I’d noticed I hadn’t seen a post of yours in awhile and wondered where you’d gotten off to. So delighted you are back. Your pieces always make me think.

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