Today is my birthday and so I took off from work today to play in my gardens but in reality, I’ve spent a lot of time on Facebook reading hundreds of birthday messages.
Birthdays are different in the Facebook era. It’s kinda like being at your own funeral and hearing all the wonderful things people say about you. I know… that sounds morbid but it’s true. It feels really, really good and so today, I’m feeling the love.
Many of the notes were brief acknowledgements of my day. Facebook assumes a role like I imagine the President’s Assistant might have, attending functions with the Prez and leaning over when someone approaches, whispering, “Today’s her birthday. Act like you know her and remembered it.”
Many of the notes were funny, even hilarious. My friend Lianne made me laugh so hard I almost fell off my chair. Many were heart-felt and touching. They made me want to be a better person.
Some of the well-wishers I’ve never even met in person but Facebook brought us together. Funny….I know all kinds of things about them, what they had for lunch, how much fun they had on vacation, and the fact that they are suffering from cramps…. but we’ve never met face to face. I know…. THAT sounds weird too, but it’s not. It’s the modern day version of having a pen pal. I just have hundreds of them.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent events in Oklahoma, the devastation and loss of property and life. This past week a 2-year old child was hit by a car and died. My mother-in-law is still in the hospital and transferring to a nursing home. Yesterday my car got side-swiped and is missing its “face.”
But today reinforces something I’ve always known but need reminding of often. The good life is about relationships. And connection. And expressing love to one another.
And today, I’m feeling that.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we did that for each other even when it’s NOT our birthdays?
I’m sure gonna try……