Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”
“I have finally figured out that the purpose of life is to enjoy it.”—Rita Mae Brown
One of the most relaxing times I ever spent was a three-day weekend with Jennifer, a friend of mine. She was a nurse working a hectic, full schedule; I was busy running my bookkeeping service, being an officer of a club, and starting up my workshops. We both were in desperate need of some R&R, so we decided on a getaway with no plans and no schedule—she would come to my house Friday morning and we would drive north.
Friday arrived warm and clear—perfect weather for a drive along the California coast and we found ourselves relaxing almost immediately. We became conscious of enjoying the present moment and began noticing things we had never seen before. We spotted overgrown road off the highway and decided to explore it. The road ended in an isolated beach, with waves gently breaking on the sparkling sand and no sounds but the seagulls overhead. Pleased with our discovery, we took our shoes off and walked on the beach. We didn’t walk feeling like we had to hurry to our next destination, we walked until we felt complete. Ahhh!
It’s also my sister Jane’s birthday – she was born on exactly the same day as me three years later. Then when our youngest sister (and she never lets us forget she’s the youngest) was born on Christmas day three and a half years later, it made sense to our family to celebrate her birthday on June 9th, too. So every June, we have a mini-Christmas with lots of presents and cake and fun!
Years later, someone asked me if I wasn’t unhappy that I didn’t get my very own birthday all to myself. It had never occurred to me! I always thought it was great fun to have a group birthday, and I was sorry for the people who had to celebrate by themselves!
Happiness is all in your perspective, isn’t it?
Today’s Affirmation: “I have all the time I need to have all the fun I want!”
Happy birthday to me, and my sister Jane – we were born on the same day three years apart. We’ve always celebrated our birthdays together with our sister Carole who was born on Christmas Day. So we have a mini-Christmas with gift exchanges and parties. It’s been a life-long tradition and we enjoy it very much. Love you girls!!
Carole is on the left and Jane on the right in this photo, taken at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Always fun playing with these two!!