Birthdays. Why do we celebrate them? When you think about it, they are an opportunity for your friends and family to come together and congratulate you for surviving another year. In most cultures, birthdays are celebrated in the same ways. Often, birthdays are celebrated with a gift, party, or some other special act. There are many reasons why birthdays should be celebrated.
But why are we really celebrating?
Birthdays are a good time to be thankful for our lives. It is good to be thankful for what you have in life and what you have accomplished. But open your eyes to the larger picture. If we are to appreciate the fruit of life, we must first appreciate the tree that bears the fruit which is birth itself.
Seemingly, we are celebrating the fact that a person was born. People are born every day, and we certainly don’t celebrate strangers’ birthdays. We celebrate the birthdays of those important to us because of the joy and well-being they bring to our life.
But why the birth day? Why choose to celebrate the day that you were born?
A birthday is a time to celebrate birth itself and joys that come with it. It is also an occasion to rethink your life. How great is the disparity between what I have accomplished and what I can accomplish? Am I spending my time properly or am I involved in things that distract me from my higher calling? How can I strengthen the thread that connects my outer life and my inner life?
Birthdays can also teach us the concept of rebirth. Recalling our birth is allowing ourselves to have a new beginning. No matter how things might have happened yesterday or last year, we always have the capacity to try again. Your birthday is a refresher, a chance for regeneration. Grab that chance.
Celebrate your birthday and share birthday wishes like there will be no other chance to do so. Why don’t you call all the important people in your life and celebrate with them? So, if you are celebrating your birthday today, happy birthday from me.