Monday, October 5, 2009

Another year older ...

And hopefully wiser ...

I turned 53 five days ago. In this past year, my life has certainly changed in ways, and stayed much the same in others. I've landed and lost jobs; I've seen my family remain close while undergoing individual trials and tribulations; I've become single again and returned to the dating world; I've gained new friends while watching others drift out of my life; and I've stayed in shape by adding new and exciting activities to the mix.

But guess what? Maybe I'm not much wiser, because what I wrote a year ago (Happy Birthday to me, Oct. 1 2008) still basically holds true, so I'm just going to repeat it here:

Every day of my life has led me to this exact place and time, just as it should be. The true measure of success is how many loved ones you gather, not how much wealth. You get what you give. And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make (credit: The Beatles).

Here's to the next part of the journey ...

Below is a picture of me, winning a pair of one-day cruise
tickets at a recent fund-raising event at Cheers in
Fort Lauderdale. Nice birthday present!

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