Today is a day of numbers.
My birthday was sequential this time: 10-11-12.
The calendar has clicked around 46 times.
My birthday dinner cost $12.32 (+tip – I’m modest with my generosity, but it was generous).
The football team from my school won 27-12.
Ninety people (so far) have sent me birthday wishes. I think I have responded to all of them except one – my mother who only has spotty cell phone reception.
Birthdays are not something I value too much – mine or others. I did not do anything special other than stay alive. I do not make a big deal of mine and tend not to mention it unless directly asked.
The day though does prompt reflection: do I matter? This year, the answer is yes. More important than the numbers, no matter how trivial is the connection I make with others. Every day I get to promote justice. Every day I get the chance to influence. Every day I get to do what I love.
I’ll wake up starting my 47th circle of the sun with joy – something about which I have written several times. Joy is not happiness; it emanates from a much deeper region. I live every day with joy.
The numbers. The greetings. The date. They just give me a reason to reflect and remember why.