Today is my birthday and I am grateful for . . .

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birthdaycakeBy Irene Conlan –

Today is my birthday and so the articles on gratitude. I woske up this morning thinking about all the things I’m grateful for as I close one year of my life and open up another. I love birthdays. I love them because they are the only day that celebrates you (unless you’re a twin and have to share). It’s your special day and everyone needs a special day. I love them, too, because it’s a new beginning – like the first day of school when you have clean new books, unwritten-on paper and new things to learn ahead of you. New beginnings. Yummy!

It is appropriate to end a year with gratitude and I have so very much to be grateful for this year.

At the very top of my list are my two sons, Christopher and Kevin. No mother could be more delighted than I am to say these wonderful young men are my gift to the world and they are the greatest gift to me. Each is kind, thoughtful and loving. They are bright and resourceful. They treat me like someone so very sspecial and I am deeply grateful for them both.

I have three fantastic grandsons – Kyle, Aaron and Jack. There is no way to describe the love and gratitude I feel for them

I am grateful for good friends – Joanne, Laura, Rahne.  When you get my age and have such friends you are blessed indeed.

I am grateful for the lessons of the past year. Big lessons on taking care of myself and how precious health  “up close and personal” this year and I resolve to do better about taking care of me.

I am grateful for my funny house that lets Chris live on one side and me on the other so we each have privacy and yet are not alone. What a wonderful arrangement.

I am grateful for spiritual insights, good books, fresh air, sunshine (and we have an abundance of sunshine in Arizona). I am grateful for freedom, for opportunity, for a neighborhood of wonderful people. Actually, everywhere I look there is something to be grateful for.

My heart is full of gratitude as I look forward to another new year. Gratitude and expectation of more wonderful things to come.

Thank you to all who contribute to my wonderful life.

Irene Conlan

Irene Conlan has a master's degree in nursing, She taught nursing at Arizona State University, served as Director of Nursing Administration at St. Luke's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services for the Division of Health Care Facilities and Emergency Medical Services. Now retired, she is an avid blogger and manages, and hosts the Self Improvement Radio Show on VoiceAmerica. Irene lives in Fountain Hills, AZ and has two sons and four grandsons. 

One thought on “Today is my birthday and I am grateful for . . .

  • September 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Dr. Irene,

    Here’s wishing the all best and profitable things you hope for, as you mark a new year.

    Thanks for giving me a platform through your website to express myself I am humbled by your gestures.

    All the best.


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