Today I celebrate my 28th birthday. This special day is shared with my twin sister Stephanie. Throughout the day I received kind messages of affirmation and support from people who share in my birthday celebrations.
Reflecting over my life I am poised with gratitude to see where I have ended up. My proudest moment was becoming a father to two amazing children, Aria and Angelo. They rock my world more than anything else could. Life with these two bundles of joy make the world more meaningful and important. Being a father would not have been possible were it not for Jennifer, my girl Friday, the love of my life, and soulmate. She brightens my day and I cannot imagine life without her.
Today I am grateful for the gift of being. I feel alive today. My breath reminds me that every moment is a gift to be cherished. 28 years ago I must admit that I did not think I would make it to adulthood. Life used to seem like a challenge that was difficult to win. My experience has shown me that even the bad has some good to be learned. Life has taken on new meaning and is a challenge that I embrace.
I am grateful for being sober today. Over 863 days without a drink and life cannot better than this. Through good times and bad I have learned that a drink will not change the outcome. Pain must be embraced and the lessons contained therein must be learned.
I am grateful for friends near and far who take time each day or week, depending on their schedules, to keep in contact with me. Today I feel most connected to the world around me. 28 years ago I could not imagine having long-term friendships and am awestruck to see that I have people I can rely on when life gets tough.
I am grateful for my freedoms. Living in a land where I am able to express my opinions in the open and in private without fear of retribution. I love living in a time where people are able to connect to one another despite their differences and bond through mutual experiences.
I am grateful for nature and creation that brings me closer to the G-d of my understanding. Life is my greatest teacher and has shown me that every moment is an opportunity for growth and change. I have learned over these 28 years of life that if I am not willing to change than life will continue to repeat itself until I learn my lesson.
I am grateful for teachers, mentors, and guides who have shown me the way to living a fuller life and learning to embrace my own inner wisdom.
Today my heart is filled with gratitude and I cannot help but smile. Thank you for being part of my life’s journey.
May your day be filled with peace, love, and joy. Thank you for celebrating this day with me and thank you for reading this post.
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