Birthday season is underway in a big way. I've had a little soiree with friends in Seattle, cards have been arriving in the mail, gifts have been opened from my kids and my husband. Dear friends showed up on my doorstep with a candle stuck in my favorite pastry from Cafe Besalu and now we are in New York for my actual birthday. Since last year's birthday was a bit of a blur as I waited for my overdue daughter to be born, this one I'm happy to lap it all up. I've been rereading old journals and I came across a few quotes to remind myself about this whole birth/day thing. Thanks for all the love sent my way this week. I'm sending it right back at you all!
I am a woman giving birth to myself.
The miracle is to walk on earth.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We can never be born enough. We are human beings; for whom birth is a supremely welcome mystery, the mystery of growing: the mystery which happens only and whenever we are faithful to ourselves.
~ e. e. cummings
Though I was reluctant to be born, I was attracted by the music. I had plans. I was entrusted with carrying voices, songs, and stories to grow and release into the world, to be of assistance and inspiration...it is this way for everyone...we each have our own individual soul story to tend.
~ Joy Harjo
Look: I am still alive--
in fact, in bud.
~ Kathleen Jamie
Unfold your own myth.
Don’t forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across
Being who you are is a prayer.
If only you will choose again, this once more, to be born.
~ Jane Hirshfield
I am. I am. I am.
~ Sylvia Plath