Happy Birthday!

Today is a special day. My special surprise, my miracle baby, turns one year old. I am filled with so many emotions – happy, sad, amazed, confused, curious. Happy because it’s such a great day and such a milestone. Sad because I already miss the little baby that slept on my chest so many nights. Amazed at all of the things he can do and at the way he makes me laugh. Confused as the time has passed so quickly – I could swear that I just gave birth, like yesterday, it’s still so fresh in my mind. Curious at what will be coming next.

It often takes a milestone for me to stop and reflect on where I’m going and where I’ve been and to fully appreciate all that life has given me. Four beautiful boys, an amazing husband, a tight-knit family (near and far), close friends, work that I love to do, and good health. Unfortunately, I find myself caught up in the craziness of daily life to stop and realize that everything really is good.

Maybe, everyday should be treated as a birthday or other special occasion, so that I can stop and really see how good it is. Even when there is stress in life (and, really, when isn’t there stress?), learning to see the forest from the trees, and managing the stress so that the sunshine (happiness) can come through, is something that I’m going to try to do more often.

If this is something that you can relate to as well, maybe today needs to be your birthday, too. Give yourself the gift of happiness and appreciation.

Today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present.

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