Birthdays. As a kid, an eagerly anticipated event. Counting down the days, planning the celebration, telling everyone you see that it's coming up. As a "grown-up", my own birthday not at all resembles those childhood milestone birthdays. For some reason, I have a bad habit of seeing these important dates coming up and immediately going to the place of feeling inadequate. I start mentally listing all the things I have meant to have done or mean to be doing and just haven't. It's unfortunate, truly, that those negative thoughts just sneak in there before I even know it. And then they just cycle around in my brain before I even realize what I'm thinking. Then my thoughts are monopolized with criticisms. I need to realize sooner than later that I have the power to stop those encroaching thoughts. I have the power to choose joy. I have blessings abound and that's the lens I want to and need to use to look at my life. Much of my birthday was the same old everyday type of thing (right down to the same gifts my kids regularly make to give me, lol)...but my life through that perspective contains such beauty and immeasurable joy. I'm so thankful for this blog, as life through my camera lens and sorting out my thoughts with words keeps me marching forward with love, joy and peace in my heart. The glass is half full.