Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Birthday Gift

By B. Stuart Noll
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With each keystroke comes another stream of feelings that I find myself unable to express, except to say how much I appreciate the relationship among us. The flow of energy that courses through all of us at the same time is only interrupted when we focus on ourselves.

I wanted each of you to know how much it meant to me to hear from you on my birthday. I was once one who thought birthday’s were just another 24 hour period in which some series of events took place never to occur again and in a hundred years who would care that these events ever happened at all? Well, I can honestly say “I would!”

Every blessing that came to me seemed to come at just the right time. It was incredible. Each wish came with a unique and almost simultaneous memory of a connection I have had with you at some time or another. It didn’t matter if it was my cousins in the Philly area who I haven’t seen for over 30 years or the “children” and friends I recently left behind in Virginia.

I used to wonder what it was like to be overwhelmed with joy. With each email of a new face book comment, I received that joyfully overwhelming feeling when I had flashbacks of infinitesimally short moments with family and friends; moments that were between us and only for that time, never to be experienced again except in our minds at times just like this. They came to me as if they were real and happening just as they did in the past, but they shot through me in milliseconds.

For all of you who know me well, I haven’t taken any of those mind altering drugs of old and I really do want to be able to explain this eerie yet totally fabulous experience of emotion to you, but with each attempt to do so I fail to recreate them with the same intensity and depth as when we experienced them together the first time.

I don’t know if this even makes any sense to you, I’ve always been a bit obscure and more than a bit abstract. Sorry! Maybe it’s just me getting older and softer. But this I know; I would not trade one of those memories – the first time or the second time around for any other treasure on the face of this planet.

I’ll never see birthdays the same way again. I can only hope that you too, will be become aware of the power of a simple act of kindness, or a thought of love, however faint you may think it is. Please know that just as surely as the swoosh of a butterfly’s wings can be felt around the world, a simple act of love, a word of encouragement or the even the most casual of “Happy Birthday’s,” can bring to mind a warm connection that moves us with the power of the universe.

Thank you all for making this a very, very powerful day of celebration for me. I will never forget it!



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