Well, the day has finally arrived. I turn 40 today. Anticipating this event has initiated a lot of personal reflection over the past twelve months. And I’m confident that it will continue to be the source of reflection in the months to come.
I didn’t realize how big a milestone this would be for me on an emotional level. It’s sobering. But in a good way. I’m not depressed or filled with regret. I’m simply very aware of who I was, who I am, and who I still dream of becoming. And although I wish I were further along in the process, I like what God has been doing.
I’m also very aware of how blessed I am. Debbie asked me last week what I wanted for my birthday. And although there are things I’d like to have, I couldn’t think of anything that I really wanted or had to have. Jokingly, she said, “It must be nice to be a man who has everything.” To which I replied, “It’s not that I have everything. It’s that I have so many great friends whom I can borrow from.”
This made me realize that perhaps the wealth of a person isn’t measured in the abundance of what he or she possesses but rather in the abundance of friends that he or she can borrow from. Friendships. That’s how wealth is truly measured. I’m glad I’m still young enough to continue exploring life fulfillment on that premise.
So on my fortieth birthday, I want to say “Thank you!” to all of the great family and friends that God has surrounded me with. All of you make my life rich.