Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!!

Thought for My Birthday

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman

I did not get any cards done yesterday as I was busy.  Swimming, lunch with a dear friend, haircut, and life!!!  AND...the coming days will also be filled with celebrations with friends.   So today I thought I would share a photo I took some years ago in Aruba, a place I have been blessed to visit often.  This photo sits on my computer table.  In my mind, this is a place of escape for me.  Nothing is better than to sit on an uncrowded beach, listening to the rise and fall of the waters, breeze blowing through the dried palm leaves in the canopy of the table, the warmth of the sun on your face, clouds being pushed quickly through the deep blue skies by the trade winds, and nothing difficult to decide other than where we will have dinner that night.  Not a care in the world and a sense of serenity in the soul. This is just one of the reasons why the ocean plays a large part in my life.  It brings me such joy!!!

I am also so blessed to have wonderful friends who have already made my b'day special through well wishes and wonderful surprises (and some dang beautiful cards too).  Some friends are near and dear and others I have never met, but they all equally warm my heart (and, yes......we shall meet some day!!!).  Thanks to each and every one of you who make my world a more enthusiastic and blessed place. 

Wishing you all a place of tranquility (even if it is just in your mind) and the ability to find joy in every day!!!!



StampOwl said...

Happy Birthday Joanne. I thought I had your birthday written down, but I don't :( ... you snuck up on me, so sorry!

Cindy Haffner said...

Happy Birthday Joanne!!

Sandee said...

Happy birthday!!!! Enjoy your special day!

Emily Keaton said...

I had no idea it was your birthday, Joanne! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Enjoy your special day and all of your upcoming celebrations :)

anne said...

Happy Birthday..Hope it is a good one...-anne-

summerdays42 said...

I did not know it was your birthday until last evening..... have a wonderful day.

Vicki Dutcher said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY~~I would say enjoy your day but YOU ARE!! and thew week it sounds like - now THAT'S the way to celebrate your day~~ Have fun!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Joanne,
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Joanne, may you have the BEST Birthday ever!!
Sending you big cyber {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}},

Benzi said...

Happy Birthday again! What wonderful birthday thoughts you've given us to read. I'm with you--I love a beach. Sounds as if you're enjoying life..good for you.

Betty Wright said...

Happy Birthday, Joanne! Blessings for a great day and a wonderful Year! Great quote and picture!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Happy, happy Birthday to you, Joanne! Love your photo and quote.

One4Joy said...

Happy Birthday, Joanne, I am so glad I kept scrolling down your blog...I would have missed a treasure in your words. I so love the quote by Sam 'man'...I feel a card coming on to honor those words. The photo to remind you of your special spot on that beach is enchanting...I keep lots of mental reminders around myself, too.

So many you have much love and creativity and health in this coming year. You're only getting better!

Susan One4JOY!

Our Little Inspirations said...

I'm so sorry I'm visiting late and missed your birthday, but I send my heartfelt, warmest belated birthday wishes your way! I love the quote at the top of your post today!! I hope it was a great celebration!