My Birthday falls within this lovely month of September,just a week from now. It is normally a very quiet day for me,a time of reflection and taking stock of my life so far.
I’ve got very many things to celebrate about my life-in the privacy of my heart-but i always choose to avoid overt and pretentious ceremonies.
Ever since i was 24 years old (immediately after graduating from College), i decided that i will be making my “New” year resolutions during my birthday anniversary each year instead of the conventional New year day.
The following is what i wrote in my personal journal during my birthday that year;
»I should wake up every morning, give thanks for another beautiful day, renew my faith in spirit and in myself, and try my best to make things happen.
Maybe instead of resolving to change myself I should make peace with the fact that I am still growing gradually into becoming my ultimate self.
Maybe instead of setting up rigid expectations I should break free from the limits of my mind and invite limitless love and positive change into my heart and soul.
I should set the direction of my life with my every intention, thought, action, interaction, movement, feeling, and expression.
I want to learn something new every
day that makes me a better person.
I want to continue to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually with every mistake, every success, every heartache, and every relationship I experience.
My resolutions will serve as a guide to my goals and dreams for the coming year and my footprints will make the path.«
Reflecting on what I wrote so long ago as a young man of 24, I am mystified by the continued overwhelming sense that my life is not enough — that I am not actually there yet (who actually really knows when he has got “there”?)
Something is amiss.
This year, I have decided to adopt a new way of thinking, being, and doing that which continually radiates my inner core, casting a magnificent light through every moment of my life.
My resolution, for now and for always, is to live an uncluttered life full of light.
Light is what has been missing from my life.
Well, light isn’t really missing; a magnificent, powerful light shines within each of us whether we allow it to emerge or we subconsciously submerge it through our careless thoughts and actions.
My light is being somewhat concealed by ever increasing clutter and has been for a long time now.
This clutter represents the many poor substitutes for light that fill into my life: emotional baggage, ingrained habits and unintentional decisions, and stuff that doesn’t reflect my highest values.
And I have finally figured out why I cram my life with all of this crap- I am afraid of emptiness.
I dread the possibility of living in a meaningless, lonely vacuum.
At times, this junk has piled up so high that I have lost sight of the bright, shining light that exists deep within me and is yearning to be set free.
I long to see, feel, and be the light; yet ironically, I have crowded it out.
So from now on, I will not only appreciate who I am and what surrounds me as I chose to do those many years ago.
I will also intentionally create more space for light to emerge.
This process consists of four interrelated components- awareness, intentionality, appreciation, and liberation.
To remind myself to live an uncluttered life full of light, I have written a series of affirmations in each of these areas to return my restless heart back to its true peaceful nature.
It goes like this:
»I am aware of my thoughts, feelings, and actions.
I am mindful of the impact that my every thought, feeling, and action has on me and my world.
I live in the moment. I intentionally choose to create a life that reflects my true and highest purpose.
I carefully respond to my environment based on peaceful, loving intentions.
I deeply value all of the love, beauty, and mystery in my life.
I am grateful for each moment, for every breath, and for all that surrounds me.
I joyfully let go of all ideas, feelings, and things that do not create a strong sense of love, peace, and beauty.
I am not afraid of emptiness, and I welcome spaciousness in my life.
Through my choices, I create openings for love, peace, and beauty to emerge.
I am living an uncluttered life full of light.
I must prune the excess foliage that obscures light from shining through my life.«
Armed with these few mantras,i can’t help looking forward to celebrating my birthday meaningfully in a week’s time.
Happy Birthday to ME!