Just Like That Beatles Song…

“Today’s (my) birthday, and we’re gonna have a (great) time!”
This is my very first Birthday Blog. After all these years of writing, it’s the first time I’ve awoken on my birthday at about the exact time of my birth (4:13 AM)—visualizing the text of my blog.
I guess that’s just the kind of thing that happens to you when you turn 61.
Many years ago, one of my mentors, Mary Kay Ash, told us “a woman should never tell her age.” Even though she never told hers, over the past several months I’ve found myself telling mine to everyone I meet.
There are at least 3 reasons for my (possibly aberrant) behavior:

  1. If I keep telling my age, then perhaps I will come to believe it.
  2. Since I don’t look my age, I feel a great sense of delight at the disbelief on everyone’s face when I share the exact number.
  3. Now that I’m over 60, I can see how the length and depth of my experience lends its weight to my work.

This day dawns with the clarity that I may have only 30-or-so years left to do my work in the world. It leaves me with a heightened resolve to fully experience every moment I have left.
Another gift of this clarity is the realization that although it’s possible that two-thirds of my life may have already passed, this birthday finds me living a life I could only dream of only 30 years ago: long married to the Love of My Life, doing the Work I was born to do with people I love working with (and being with!) and waking up every morning with a deep sense of happiness and peace.
That’s the best birthday gift ever—in a long line of spectacular ones.
This year I’m offering my birthday wish to you: that you will discover your Unlimited Cosmic Power to create the life of your dreams, no matter what life is like right now. Whether yours is closer to the kind of happiness and peace I’m feeling today or closer to the stress and struggle I felt at 31, you have everything you need inside you to create a life that’s exactly what you want.
You can start right this minute, if you want to, using the three actions that got me here:

  1. Focus on what you want—instead of what you don’t.
  2. Challenge your beliefs. Since you bring about what you think about, everything you believe about yourself will either move you forward or hold you back. When you find a belief that doesn’t serve you, try on a new one until you find the ones that will move you closer to what you know you want.
  3. Stay in action. Although every journey begins with the first step, staying on the path that leads to what you want—and getting back on it as soon as you realize you’ve gotten lost—will guarantee your success. No matter how long it takes.

Even though it’s my birthday, I’m sending all my gifts to you. And that’s the sweetest present of all.

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