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Farewell to Birthday Blues

Here is my birthday homework:

1.     Watch the sunrise.
(The first sun of a new age.)
2.     Write a list of things I am grateful for (I try to get to 108.)
(Becoming vegan, bathing in the river, trying jackfruit, traveling with my mother, the love of friends)
3.     Write a list of ten personality traits and skills I would like to adopt or strengthen over the next year.
(Patience, humility, driving a stick shift, becoming a hula hooping master…)
4.     Smile at what I’ve learned this year, no matter how big or small these lessons were.
(How to chop wood, the power in admitting your mistakes, veganic gardening, making my own poi and not being afraid to smack myself in the face with them…)
5.     Hug everyone I can get my hands on.
(One of the keys to life.)
6.     Watch the sunset.
(It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. – Bern Williams)
7.     Say thank you.
(To my friends, my family, the clerk at the store, the sun. There is no such thing as being too grateful.)

So Happy Birthday to all of you out there. I hope this next year brings you every lesson you need and every challenge you can face, and that your adventure around the sun is a bright one. It’s a big world out there and 365 days is plenty of time to get your homework done.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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5:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:18PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

each one is a gift......

9:17AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Birthdays are great!

I'm always thrilled to have another one...especially now that I'm getting so much older! one.....but I only think about it ...IF someone ask me!!!

3:05PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Thank you

11:45PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011


7:53AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Thank you

7:47PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

great article, thank you! :)

7:42AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

My own birthdays never depress me..I just turned 41..and I don't get down or 'old' feeling over them but when my kids have theirs..My eldest is turning 21 in nov..that makes me feel old.

6:07AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

so warm

12:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Beautiful! Thanks.

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