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On Becoming 40

Forty seems to be a big milestone for many.  I am not sure that today will really feel any different from the days passed, but yes, there was a lot of personal growth that happened for me in the decade prior.  And I anticipate more will come with time.  A friend asked me what might be some highlights of my thirties.  Easily, the biggest highlights were the birth of my two sweet girls.  Having the opportunity and fortune to bring two lives into this world is the most amazing and life changing thing that I have experienced yet.

So today as I turn forty, I can’t help but want to celebrate my Mom.  It was forty years ago that she endured great pains to bring me into this life.  And today is really a celebration of that labor and love.  Without her, I would not be here today.  Being a mom myself, I now know the patience and the selflessness that goes into nurturing life.  I believe it to be the closest thing to unconditional love that I have known, both as a mom and a daughter.

So thank you Mom for all the times you have supported me, for all the times you have been patient, for the many times you forgave like only a mother can.  And thank you for extending that spirit of love and nurturing to Sonia and Sophia.  We are so blessed to have you in our lives.  Today at forty, my heart is filled with immense gratitude for you.

Motherhood - All love begins and ends there. ~ Robert Browning

Motherhood – All love begins and ends there. ~ Robert Browning

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful and happy, happy birthday! You bring much joy, peace and beauty to the world – as does your whole family.

    October 24, 2013
  2. Manju Jhawar #

    Sheils ! I am so proud of your writting, I can’t stop tearing while reading your blog. It’s written as beautifully as you are my dear ! Much love as you turn 40 and Always 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love reading 🙂

    October 24, 2013
  3. Sneh #

    Another wonderful blog, heartfelt and beautifully written.

    October 24, 2013
  4. Arun #

    Love this post Sheila – written from the heart.

    October 24, 2013
  5. Beautifully eloquent post. Love it.

    October 24, 2013
  6. Dave #

    Yes 40 is a special age. It is wonderful when we start to think of our parents on our birthday and what they have done for us. Happy birthday and may you be blessed with many, many more.

    October 24, 2013
  7. Happy Birthday and thank you for writing a blog that doesn’t just talk of hatha or ashtanga asanas, that’s not real yoga. I was losing hope, I have surfed the internet the past few days trying to find a blogger that is an actual yogi, but all I find is westerners performing poses.

    Keep writing from the heart, its refreshing.

    Guru Om

    November 20, 2013
    • Thank you for the sweet words and encouragement Daniel. I’m glad that my words can resonate with others.

      November 21, 2013

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