Dear God, thank you for the privilege of a 53rd birthday

sanibel sunset
just another day in paradise

Everyday it’s the same. The sun comes up, and the sun goes down. Been that way for about 4.5 billion years. Billion! Incomprehensible.

Also incomprehensible is the gift of another birthday. We assume the sun will rise, and we assume we’ll live to see another year. One is guaranteed. The other, not so much.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Happy happy birthday, Jeff! This is my 53rd journey around the sun as well, and it’s a grand adventure. Have a great day — full of fun and love.

  2. Natalie, thanks. Looking forward to slowing down a bit. (yeah right, like that’s ever gonna happen)

    Someone once said, “If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough”.

  3. Jeff,

    I pray you have a wonderful, blessed Birthday with many more to come!


  4. Bob, you called it just the way I’m dreaming it. Just finished “pool school”. The humbled owner of a brand new (in-the-ground) pool. Fifty-three years was a decent wait for this level of “luxury”. 🙂

  5. Jeff,

    I am glad your 53rd was a relaxing piece of luxury! That is great!


  6. Bob, thanks. It’s kind of funny. I don’t recall too much relaxing yesterday. Two crews were here and I had to focus intently on what was going on. We haven’t passed final inspection yet, but we’ve been enjoying daily swims for a week now. Thanks again for your well wishes.

    Have an awesome weekend.

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