Thursday, May 7, 2009

Reflections: The day this was

I've really nothing much to say. Birthday was fun in a very understated way. I guess it has something to do with getting old, I turned 28 in case you wondered (yeah, just crossed the threshold of my midlife). It was fun and boring at the same time. I worried about the same things--food and money to pay for the food--all for nothing really as God has always provided for me. Hey, don't get the wrong idea, I don't worry about my daily bread, I meant food for birthday celebrations hehe... yeah yeah, I guess my problems are problems some people would love to have.

A lot of friends greeted me. I didn't realize they did thought until I logged on to , YM, Facebook and Friendster (oh, and also a couple here). I still prefer the old way of receiving calls, birthday cards (and gifts? :p) or even the text. Those I can respond to in kind right away. Still, I appreciate each and every one of those greetings. I suppose not all of them carry the same warmth I'd like to think they do, but I don't care. In my mind, a greeting is taking the time to make somebody else feel good for the day--that right there is plenty warm enough for me.

So why do we celebrate birthdays anyway? All we did was not die for a year. I'd like to think it's because we are given another year to hope and to love. Celebrate not merely to revel, but to reflect. Establish new game plans and redraw old strategies. Mark a day in our life each year to check under the hood and see if we're alright. And maybe, just maybe, to celebrate and give thanks to Him to whom our lives we owe.

Lord, I thank you for all your love and blessings... for the last year and my entire life. I may not yet be the son you want me to be, but I pray that in time you will mold me to be the Christian worthy of bearing that name. Thank you for the gift of seeing another year, grant me the strenght and wisdom to make full use of the time you give me. Thank you for the gift of friends and loved ones, and thank you for the gift of opportunities and experiences. Forgive my selfishness and pride, my actions and inactions, and may I somehow, in my own feeble way, give glory to your name. Amen.

8 comments:

lester said...

11:59PM - 1 minute after and it'll no longer be your day. hehe.

katcarneo said...

That's a beautiful prayer. Birthday greetings from a stranger okay?

austenfan said...

belated happy birthday! :D

philos said...

@Lester: Well, I celebrate the whole month so missing by a minute won't make much of a difference hehe...

@Kat: Thanks! Appreciate it :)

@Austenfan: Thanks thanks! :)

prinsesamusang said...

belated happy birthday and i agree that we should be thankful for birthdays even when we do not have clowns or balloons LOL

philos said...

@PM: Thanks! Appreciate it. And for the record, I don't like clowns which is strange because I used to want to become one.

Lizz said...

Belated happy birthday! :D This is super late, boo. :(

Either way, I like to think of my birthdays as milestones with which to gauge my past professional accomplishments against. I find it's always a good time to see where I am career-wise, and to see if I need to change my direction (or at least alter it a bit).

Oh, and during every birthday I update my will. Lol.

philos said...

@Lizz: Hmmm... a will, I don't even have a will yet. Not that I need one seeing as I don't own anything or have anyone to leave anything to. Wow, that's depressing... even more depressing than having to make one.