Friday, July 29, 2011

Today is my birthday (7/29)


Today is my birthday. (7/29) As a child looking forward to that day each year when things were set aside to celebrate ME, I grew to associate those numbers with everything good, and because it wasn’t a national holiday and unlike being a twin, I didn’t have to share the date, either. Since then a countdown begins the week before, with a subtle excitement that builds toward the day, that still hasn’t left me. I rarely have parties any longer but the celebrations continue with wonderful well wishes and greetings from friends and family. The desire to make it special with little kindnesses is deeply ingrained, though the impulse to take the day off, travel to far off destinations or buy absurdly expensive gifts for myself are indulgences I've outgrown.

That one day of the year that we hold special and is ours for no other reason than we were born on it, is an amalgamation of numbers that we unwittingly possess throughout the year, and, consciously or not, we are reminded of on calendars, clocks, room numbers, license plates, promotions, receipts, phone numbers and addresses. Those two to four numeric combinations trigger a response that attaches the time, place or thing to us in a deeply memorable way, as if that thing is part of us too. How often have we committed to memory a cell number or address because it’s composed of our birth dates? A locker combination, password or email address is often infused with that combination that spells out who we are, just as much as our names.

In the study of numerology, the vibrations of numeric compositions cast a fate and quality of life that perpetually repeats itself throughout. Life paths numbers (the adding up of your birth date and reduced to a single digit) and significant figures often correspond with uncanny recurrences in our lives. My own life path is a 6 and it symbolizes things and relationships that increase in value. These symbols are affixed to us in a guiding and protective way that assists us in making choices. Their vibration, like our voice, is unique and stands as a distinguishing element of our individual existence. However, we can all relate to others who share our special dates, like some type of cosmic twin, always with the hope that they exemplify the qualities we like to see in ourselves.

Everyone’s birthday is a cause for celebration, whether they want to admit it or not, and we honor them and ourselves when we do so.

Rose Dawn 36" x 36" oil on canvas

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Glenn ! What a delightful description of a birthday, I enjoy your blog so much,


Jeff. Lindgren

Renaldo Barnette said...

Happy Birthday my wonderful friend!!

Love ya'
Renaldo

Michael said...

Hey Glenn...Happy Birthday my friend. You are such a blessing to us all. As usual our words are thought provoking and clear. Peace.

Deborah W., NC said...

Happy Birth (Earth) day to ya, Happy Birthday to ya, Happy Birthday....do ya hear Stevie in the background! I too love your blogs and it is a joy to read your poetic writings/muses. I am so glad you were born, glad you are still here, and glad you are in my life ..... Thank ya friend. Hugs....Deborah W., NC

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Glenn. Have an amazing birthday month. Deborah C

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLENN!!! Countdown to the Vineyard!! I'm still in WDC. I had lunch with Melva Gibson the other day to celebrate our past Birthdays. I showed her the photos from Lloyd's show. She sends a big "WOW" He sure looks GOOD, Hello!!!

Have the best ever. Love, Nadia

Anonymous said...

May God continue to Bless you with great health and long life.
Arlene

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Glenn... Enjoy your special day... Wishing you continued
happiness and growth.

I've loved seeing your work w each post. It seems to have evolved to an amazing
level and my appreciation for it has grown tremendously. I like it more and
more each time I see it. Perhaps it's time to talk with you about that. Love to
Joe. Hope to see you this year somewhere.

Happy Birthday and Best Wishes ... Harold

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Glenn. I hope today is the beginning of a wonderful year that is
filled with peace, happiness, success, prosperity, and good heath.

Blaine and I get to MVY on Aug 21st. We will be back in the house on NY Ave.
Looking forward to seeing you and Joe then. Martini party probably Aug 24th but
will confirm when we get there.

Enjoy celebrating your day. See you soon. Regards to Joe.

Virlynn

Anonymous said...

Hey,

Happy, Happy Birthday!!

I had your b'day in as the 30th in my phone/planner. I've changed that for the future. You may get cards indicating Happy Birthday on the 30th...the sentiments are no less warm and sincere!!

Hope it is a great day and the beginning of a terrific year!

Blessings and love,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

G L E N N...Happy birthday and good luck on your upcoming show!!!!
RICHARD ALAN ROSENFELD

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. Love this picture! Have a wonderful day and hope we get to see you on the Vineyard! Give my best to Joe.

Enjoy,
Kym, Michael, Alexis and Sydney

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn, and Happy Birthday to such a special gift in our society. May your day be as bright as the sun and may this year bring all of your heart's desires. May peace and love continue to follow you forever!
Happy Birtday!

Kenny

Anonymous said...

Hi Love
This is a very special day to all of your friends. That God graced our lives with the wealth of your friendship and love.
Thank you for being in my life!
Love, A

Anonymous said...

Oh happy happy birthday and many more to come.
Barbara H

Anonymous said...

Dear Dashing friend:

Many Happy Returns of the Day! And many more cteative years to come.

L&D

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Glenn!
And may God bless you this day and always.

Gabriel

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Glen! I know Joe will make sure that you have the best day!!!
Love you,
Reesa and Charles

Anonymous said...

OMG happy birthday to my beautiful talented friend.
Love ya,
Agnes

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

Happy birthday. I am so happy that you have reached a point in life in which you
have good health, a beautiful relationship/partner, a fantastic life style and
you are able to appreciate all of your gifts.
John T

Anonymous said...

Glenn,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THE BEST TO YOU ALWAYS.

June and Chuck

Anonymous said...

Well then Happy Birthday Glenn!! Many, many more!
Hi to Joe.
Marty

Anonymous said...

Ta dahhhhhh!!!! Happy Birthday sweety--can't wait to see you. Xo Amy

Anonymous said...

Glen,

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!! I wish you many, many more, and continued good health. Enjoy your special day.



Warmest,

Stephen B

tunstullstudio said...

Happy Birthday Glenn!!
My very best wishes for a fabulous birthday .
xoxLamont

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday my dear Glenn. Many Happy returns. What are you doing to
celebrate? I'll be in spring valley tomorrow, how far are you from there?
Ruth H.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday,

I hope you get everything you need and wish for.

Love,

Andrea Cisco

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday from Sarasota! Have a wonderful day.
Marie

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Glenn. Hope your Birthday is filled with joy and laughter. Cheers to the many years ahead!

Best,
Francine

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweetie! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.....Can't wait to see you again!

XXOO,
Vick & Kate

Anonymous said...

Para bems a voce, nesta data querida
muitas felicidades
muitos anos de vida!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLENN!
And thank You for your wonderful blog.
Saudades,
Rosemary

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY GENIUS!!!!
Alvaro

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR GLEEENNNN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
And many mooorree! May the Universe Continue To Bless You!

All the best,

Darren

Anonymous said...

Glenn,

I forgot to mention how beautiful this painting is. It sparkles and you are indeed a master of color.

Harry

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Glen! Happy Birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day and celebrated it well. Say hello to Joe for me and we must stop just saying we are going to get together and actually get together and have that drink, have that dinner or that brunch or see that play. I trust all is well and again, hope your day was great! XOXO Melvin

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR GLENN! I HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL DAY!!!!
LET'S CELEBRATE WHEN YOUR BACK!!!!!
XO Leo

Anonymous said...

Dearest Glenn,

I wish you peace.love ,harmony and great pleasure on your birthday.

My daughter Alexis was 30 on July 27th.

Go Leo, GOOOO!

Valerie

Anonymous said...

HAPPY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

BEST WISHES,

Coreen Simpson

Anonymous said...

Glenn, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!
And thank you for continuing to share the beautiful
pictures and words.
Denise D.

Anonymous said...

Dear Friend,
Here's wishing you a very "Happy Birthday" and many more, in great health and happiness.

Peace, Love and Blessings,

Evonne W.Jennings Tolbert

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

So happy to see you guys Saturday evening and having the opportunity to wish you a happy birthday in person.

Thanks for sending...I really enjoyed the post. Can't wait to read more.

Have a great day and we look forward to seeing you guys next time!

Warmly,

Tony

Anonymous said...

Glenn, you bring me to tears. What an absolutely incredible painting, I am in awe! I got your message, glad your birthday was perfect, and just how you wanted.

I thank the universe everyday for knowing you; you are a blessing each and every day.

Love to you, my dear friend, and brother; so looking forward to seeing you and Joe the morning of your show. I will call you that Thursday or Friday morning. By the way, remind what the address of red house is again, it has been awhile. I will get in around 10am, and will take a cab to the house. Thank you again. I belong with the fold, happy and honored to be there.

Love,
Deb

Anonymous said...

Happy Late Birthday Glenn! SO glad you were born! Love, Jeanine (and Kenny too)