I'm feeling so alive, inspired, empowered. I don't know how to even put it in to words. I have so much I want to tell you about my weekend at the World Domination Summit. While I'm drawing out the threads of thought and drafting a pattern of how to knit them all together in a beautiful shawl I'm also celebrating my 35th birthday today.
There's a lot around turning 35 for me. So much of it is unexpected. So much of it just part of realizing that I'm in that beautifull middle place. There are so many wise women (and men) still dancing around on the planet who have lived so much more life than me. They radiate so much kindness, so much aliveness, so much compassion. And the youngers...the ones who see 35 as a long-future mark in time...I love that I am able to walk on the path and leave tokens along the way to tell them "you are doing amazing. Keep the faith."
This is a tender time for me. A tender time when I feel stronger than ever. The vulnerability I want to honor and the innate buoyancy of my spirit intersect here, at 35. As I stand in that split second pause between the inhale and exhale, I see myself with so much more compassion than ever before. This picture, taken by someone I care deeply about, purturbed me for a while. She said it was beautiful. I was certain she was just being kind - not realizing her filter of me is not clouded by my own self-judgement. (too often I mistake my clouded view as fact.) Yet I look at it now with much kinder, more compassionate eyes. That is me. My long fingers, my upturned lip, my stub nose, my long jaw...my mothering heart, theman's beloved, the buoyant spirit, someone who will help you choose the right pectin in the canning isle so that you are overthemoon happy with the results. I am beginning to embrace the incomplete wholeness, the gritty-filmed brilliance, and the experience of what it means to live in gratitude in the face of plenty to be annoyed about. This is life. This is my life. And it's a pretty dang good one.
In honor of my gratitude for being alive on this planet, I'm inviting you all to the party of all parties. The theme of the party is gratitude through giving something we all take for granted. Clean water. I was moved to tears many, many times when I heard Scott Harrison, creator of charity:water, speak at the World Domination Summit. His journey through compassionate giving and building this beautiful charity are inspiring beyond words. If I were to be totally honest, I would have to admit that I'm not usually one to give to charity. I admit it. Not because i don't WANT to help, but because i'm never certain that my small donation will have much impact (a typical response when we live in a country of cheap goods at high prices. We may be a bit out of touch about how far our dollar can go to providing basic needs for those in developing countries). When I saw the transparency of charity:water - how not once single penny donated goes to admin (unless you specifically donate to admin intentionally) - I was inspired to "give up" my birthday in hopes that you, my dear readers, would be inpsired to join me in sharing our abundance and showing our gratitude for the often overlooked blessing of clean water by making a contribution to the efforts charity:water is so beautifully engaged in. I feel honored to be able to help in this small way to decrease the 4500 children a day who die and the 80% of illnesses caused by water borne illnesses.
You can tithe specifically in honor of my water-sign, cancerian birthday here: (any time, any amount - the site calculates the suggested donation based on my birthday age but you can enter your own amount. No amount is too little.)
Whether you donate or not, I hope you feel the blessing of abundance in your life today. I'm so glad to be here on this planet with you. 35 years and counting. Cheers.