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Thursday
Jul282011

How to Make A Birthday Beautiful!

Since birthdays happen throughout the year I will cover the topic a couple of times.  I’m covering it this time because I just celebrated my birthday.  Never mind the year, it’s a very uneventful one, there was no excuse to make it big.  Plus it was on a Monday so I mostly went about my normal day.  I wanted to share the things that made it special for me. 

1)   73 Friends posted Birthday Wishes on my FaceBook Wall – that means, 73 people who I’ve met throughout my life but hardly ever see had a positive thought about me.

2)   5 of my 7 siblings contacted me in some way…even 2 of my brothers, one who sent me a 12 part text & the other had his 2 kids sing to me over the phone.

3)   My husband gave me a card with words that shared perfect thoughts.  If he can’t find a card with the exact feeling he wants to convey he’ll find a generic one (he once gave me a reused Christmas card from our mortgage broker) & covered the words with his own kind thoughts.  So if the card doesn’t say what you want, make one that does!

4)   Received emails from old friends – A friend of 20 yrs reminded me of the crazy ways we used to celebrate & a friend of mine from kindergarten (YES KINDERGARTEN & she never forgets my birthday) sent me the email which touched me beyond words.

5)   Spending time with the person - Talked to a friend/neighbor about a dinner at the end of the week, felt so happy being able to start the week looking forward to the end of the week when I would share a wonderful night out with girlfriends. – if you can’t plan a full dinner just bring over a bottle of wine & make a date to share a glass or two.

As you can see none of these include purchases, material items or even gift-wrap. The repeated theme here is THOUGHTFULNEESS! …it’s an old cliché’ but so true: it’s the thought that counts.  Also sometimes the most eco-friendly gift is giving no gift at all.  Even if the only gift you give someone is a simple viral message, take an extra couple of minutes to say something that will really touches them or reminds them of the special relationship you share.  Simply sending a kind thought is a gift!

As the day came to an end I was comparing the changes in my life since my last birthday & I felt complete happiness.  I was grinning from ear to ear.  I thought this is the perfect way to age, I am more overwhelmed with love this year than I was last year.  This to me is a sign of true growth & prosperity.   With all these wonderful displays of affection I couldn’t feel more love….the best gift of all.

My gift to you is that next time you’re struggling to find any person that “perfect” birthday gift, these thoughts will make it a little easier for you.  Hopefully they will make it simple to make some one’s basic birthday Special & Happy!   And… If you feel you really need to purchase a gift….Even if the gift is little, make the presentation big & meaningful!

 

Giving to others is what makes us better human beings.  Giving something Beautiful makes us the best human beings we can be....even if it's just Beautiful Thoughts.


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Reader Comments (3)

Great advice! As someone who has "gift-giving anxiety", I have to remember that it really IS the thought that counts and not how fancy the gift is. Thanks for reminding me.

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane Hamill

I love these ideas! I have taken to making meals for birthdays. No on needs anything but it's nice to be spoiled at dinner :O)

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuburban Princess

Lovely ideas to make birthday as beautiful as it should be. Thanks for sharing this nice blog.

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