Monday, August 31, 2015

Day 113: Thoughts of 33

I turned 33 yesterday.

Birthdays are a great time of celebration. First, we celebrated the fact that The Boy slept until 8:00. That's not a typo. We didn't know what to do with ourselves in the morning; we may have hovered around his door for 30 minutes just wondering when he'd get up. I might have also banged a few pots and shouted, just to make sure he would wake up. Alas, he did and thus we celebrated. Then The Wifey, The Boy and I went out to breakfast at one of our favorite spots in the hood, Baker Miller. Whether you live her or plan on visiting, this is a spot you have to check out.

Then we rocked some church, which was so necessary for me. The services was centered on the amazing love of God and the powerful work of Christ on the Cross. For me, it was a reminder of what's truly important. So much in my daily life competes to rob me of that truth; I often just give in to it. But worshiping God with His people on Sunday pulls me back in. What a great gift that is every week, especially yesterday for my birthday.

We had planned an outing to the Botanic Garden, but The Boy remained a sleeping machine, napping for 2 1/2 hours until 4:00. Stace gave me the last of my gifts yesterday (the first two were bacon jam for the burgers I make and a book), which was a basketball! I decided to head out to the courts and actually dominated some kids 15-20 years younger than me. Well, not dominated. And not sure if it's real talent if I'm beating kids in middle school and high school, but they were taller than me so you be the judge.

We rounded out the evening with some Friends and some thai food.

As much as it is celebration, it's also reflection for me. That's what I do.

33 is a year of continual character development. I don't know if it's so much of "what do I want to accomplish?" as "who do I want to grow to be?" The Wifey and I talked through this and the two major themes I want to focus on are being present  and being grateful. They go hand-in-hand.

I tend to live in the clouds, focusing more on ideas than concrete reality. This means I look more to the future and what could be, what should be, or what ought to be, than what is. Much of this may be a result of not being grateful for what's right in front of me. My hope and prayer is that for 33 I practice the art of gratitude, particularly to God, for all the good gifts he has provided and continues to provide, allowing me also to be present with each day he gives.

What about you? What do you usually do for your birthday? What are you focusing on this year?

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