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Saturday Musings - Birthday Reflections

20200208_birthday Birthday Reflections...

Yep, you read that heading correctly, it’s my birthday today. I’m fifty-four years young, fighting fit (well, sort of) and feel just as energized now as I was thirty years ago. The big difference is I now have a LOT more perspective on life and in particular, what really matters.

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At my birthday time, I began to reflect on my life and just how blessed I am. My wife and kids are completely awesome and we’re all healthy. I have a fantastic business in an even more incredible industry. I have friends across the world and can jump on a plane to meet with them whenever I would like. The list goes on and on…..

I remember when I was a teenager my goal was to become a millionaire. I met the girl of my dreams, got married at twenty-one and discovered that with her I was worth far more than a million dollars….I’d discovered something priceless.

This sounds so touchy feely but it’s a real fact of my life. I’ve been married for thirty-two years (thirty-three this year) and I can say that I’m more in love with my wife now than I was when we were first married.

Late one night at the NamesCon conference I was sitting in the bar with a group of people and one of them asked me how is it that I’m so happily married. I will condense a long conversation in one sentence, “Seek first to serve, rather than be served.”

In other words, I try to do everything I can to find out what would make my wife happy rather than to insist that she does everything to meet my needs. An amazing thing happens during this time, she reciprocates and does the same thing back to me. It’s the blessing that is received by an endless cycle of giving our love to each other.

Has it always been so easy? Heck no, like all married couples we’ve had our squabbles over the years. Now that I reflect over the more recent years of my life, I can say that I can’t remember the last time we’ve had an argument.

I don’t think my blessed marriage is because I’m “lucky” because I met just the right person. When I reflect, I think it’s the result of being one hundred percent committed to someone that I cherish above all others. Why would I do anything to purposefully upset her?

So it’s my birthday…..and what do I hear right now? My wonderful wife is making my favourite birthday cake in the kitchen because she loves me. What an amazing lady!

We all have people that we love in our lives. I hope that this musings will cause you to reflect on just how blessed you are and then inspire you to show your love towards those people you cherish in your life.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Michael

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Comments

Rawgi on 08 February 2020
Happy Birthday Michael

Happy Birthday and many good wishes to you and your wife. I was lucky enough to marry my first love and 1st wife again, 45 years to the day of when we were first joined. I was stupid and young and we divorced after 3 years. i have since been blessed to win her heart again and let us both be as happy as we should have been. I found that you cannot do too much for someone you truly love, and it will always come back 2 or 3 times as much as you give. it took me a while, but my eyes were finally opened to seeing how I was acting and what I had hastily thrown aside. I can hardly make up for those lost years, but now see a person whom has loved me more than I deserve, our lives are so much happier now and I realize how happy one can be when they open up and truly give themselves to another completely. You are a lucky man to have seen this early on and appreciate your wonderful partner. At 66 we will have as happy a time for the years we have left as one can have. I have never loved just being with someone and being able to experience life like I do now. Thank you for all your examples of how to be a great partner and show the love of your live you care about all they do.

Sincerely,
Rawgi/Richard

Happy Birthday and many good wishes to you and your wife. I was lucky enough to marry my first love and 1st wife again, 45 years to the day of when we were first joined. I was stupid and young and we divorced after 3 years. i have since been blessed to win her heart again and let us both be as happy as we should have been. I found that you cannot do too much for someone you truly love, and it will always come back 2 or 3 times as much as you give. it took me a while, but my eyes were finally opened to seeing how I was acting and what I had hastily thrown aside. I can hardly make up for those lost years, but now see a person whom has loved me more than I deserve, our lives are so much happier now and I realize how happy one can be when they open up and truly give themselves to another completely. You are a lucky man to have seen this early on and appreciate your wonderful partner. At 66 we will have as happy a time for the years we have left as one can have. I have never loved just being with someone and being able to experience life like I do now. Thank you for all your examples of how to be a great partner and show the love of your live you care about all they do. Sincerely, Rawgi/Richard
mgilmour on 10 February 2020

Thank you for sharing your story.....what a great one!

Thank you for sharing your story.....what a great one!
Rawgi on 08 February 2020
Happy Birthday Michael

I meant to say i was stupid the first time we married in 1975, I was a bit more aware this time in 2020 and saw the wonderful gift I was blessed with.

I meant to say i was stupid the first time we married in 1975, I was a bit more aware this time in 2020 and saw the wonderful gift I was blessed with.
Guest - Ravi sekhar Veenam on 11 February 2020

Hi Michael,

Belated happy birthday...

you sound fulfilled and happy...that is great state of mind.

more power to you...

Hi Michael, Belated happy birthday... you sound fulfilled and happy...that is great state of mind. more power to you...
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