Today is my birthday. A chance to celebrate another year. To be grateful for those that my path comes across and who I share life with. Thanks to you all.
I came across these words of blessing on birthdays from John O’Donohue, in his book Benedictus, earlier which made an impression.
…Blessed be those who have loved you
Into becoming who you were meant to be…
Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
Your health, eyes to behold the world,
Thoughts to countenance the unknown,
Memory to harvest vanished days,
Your heart to feel the world’s waves,
Your breath to breathe the nourishment
Of distance made intimate by earth.
On this echo-ing day of your birth,
May you open the gift of solitude
In order to receive your soul:
Enter the generosity of silence
To hear your hidden heart;
Know the serenity of stillness
To be enfolded anew
By the miracle of your being.