Sunday, September 6, 2020

Celebrating Birthday at the Farm

Life is good. No matter what challenges we're going through, still there's a reason to celebrate for all the blessings and abundance.

Since I'm celebrating my birthday, I have it at the farm for the first time. It's also the first year since we started to develop a portion for tree planting and just recently for organic vegetable farming.

It feels great to celebrate your birthday in a completely different setting and together with my family in my hometown. The previous years' celebration was in Manila. That was a joyful and jolly celebration back then; pre-COVID.

This year 2020, is a simple yet meaningful celebration as I contemplate life's meaning and purpose.

What's there waiting for me?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a lot had changed. Uncertainties and vulnerabilities are on the consciousness. That our life matters above all. That life is too short. And that life is precious.

To make a wish on a birthday is truly important and meaningful since we attract what we ask for and become even more powerful when people who are dear to us are sending their best wishes.

Like a group prayer, we often materialize our wishes and hearts' desires when more people are there to celebrate with us.

However, through the years, as we reach a certain level of maturity, we tend to direct our wishes not just to ourselves but more to the people who matter most in our life.

Our wishes tend to become more specific,  lesser on material aspirations, and centering more on our wellbeing and enlightenment.

This pandemic teaches us to go back to the basics. To review and renew our lives and make our best effort to present a new 'us' to the world.

Celebrating a birthday at the farm is about celebrating the natural world. Not surrounded by many people, but with trees, plants and vegetables.

My deepest gratitude for another year of surviving through life's challenges. To my family, friends, and above all, the Divine. The source of a great living.

Life goes on, and I will never forget that life is too short. We have to live it well and live our best life. Only the best life we deserve.

© 2020 Del Cusay