An Auspicious Day

Today is my birthday; I’ve been alive two score and one year. As each year passes, I am awed at the speed of time. It seems to increase the longer I live.

In a recent post I wrote about a major life decision that I needed to make. It pertained to a move to California. Well, yesterday that decision was made, as well as another one. I am now a fianceé, and we will journey westward together. Yesterday was a Big Day, in terms of decisions and events.

One decade ago on July 9th, I rolled into Austin in my two-door Eagle Summit to start a new phase in life. I had left a job of ten years and my hometown of 31 and took a leap of faith. My brother and sister-in-law live here, so I knew two people. However, I didn’t have a job, just a little money saved and a lot of hope. These ten years have been full and rich, sometimes with very great pain, and often with very great joy. I am sad to leave, yet at the same time I embrace what is manifesting, including the grief of good-bye. One life lesson I’m absorbing is how to hold two contrasting states at once in my being. I used to live with an either/or worldview. The both/and perspective permits so much more.

Anyhow, it feels symbolic and meaningful that in the next month I’ll be making a huge move again. This time it will be different in significant ways, most especially that I’ll be journeying with my best friend. I am grateful for life.

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite well that just to be alive is a grand thing.

–Agatha Christie

Update: In case there is confusion, let me clarify that I do intend to keep posting on A Mindful Life. The grief of good-bye to which I refer is about leaving in-person loved ones and places that hold sweet memories.

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12 Comments on “An Auspicious Day”

  1. David Markham Says:

    Congratulations on your engagement and on your move. I look forward to reading more about the California experience.

    Happy Birthday!

    All the best,

    David Markham

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Congratulations on all the exciting changes! And a very happy birthday to you, too.

    Your blog is a lovely place, full of timely inspiration each and every visit. Best of luck to you on the move and the engagement!

  3. Tinne Says:

    Happy Birthday! Mine was just 10 days ago!

  4. Glenn Graham Says:

    Many Congratulations. I have enjoyed your blog. It has been very inspiration.

    Good Luck. Remember us fondly.


  5. bryn Says:

    happy happy happy missy

  6. susan Says:

    happy birthday from another june 24 girl.

  7. Silverlotus Says:

    Congratulations, doubly so. And happy birthday.

  8. Kathryn Says:

    Wow. Not only do we both spell our name the “correct” way :), love Wells Branch Library, but we’re both Cancers!

    Best wishes to you on your new beginning. I will continue to read Mindful Life for the inspiration it gives me.

  9. Brie Says:

    Wow–so many life changes! How exciting! I’m sad because I never got to meet you, but I’m happy all the same. 🙂 And have a happy birthday weekend. 🙂

  10. mahala Says:

    I remember the first time I discovered I could hold joy and sorrow in my heart at the same time. A revelation.

    Wishing you happiness.

  11. Ben Combee Says:

    Congratulations on all the good news! I know the move decision was tough, but you’ve got yourself a good fiance, and there’s a lot of opportunity returning to Silicon Valley right now.

  12. mz Says:

    Hey I missed your birthday (was in Vegas for son’s wedding. Anyway, hope it was happy.

    Are you moving close to me?????