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Birthday Thoughts

My birthday took place on Easter Sunday this year, so I started the day with happy hymns and ringing bells.  Alleluia!

It was a lovely day.

Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone!

And huge thanks to my family and friends for loving me — yesterday and every day!


It’s been said that how we live with each other and how we live with the Earth are the defining issues of our time.

I’m going to start with the Earth first.

As I start another year on Planet Earth, I know that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the Earth. That’s a big concern.

Blog Photo - autumn woods trees in the valley

But my Jamaican ancestors would say: “One-one coco fill basket”. That means all our small efforts can add up to something big.

So I’m making a compact with our planet. I pledge:

To remember that living on Earth is a sacred privilege.

To be more mindful of the impact my daily decisions have on you, Earth.

To remember that I — that each of us — can help preserve and love you in our own small way.

Next: Living with Each Other

As my family and friends know, I did not take kindly to my own mobility problems, caused by a car accident.  I still get upset about it sometimes.

But as I start the next year of my life, a picture  of a girl stays in my mind:  Florence.

Florence, the Ugandan girl who became disabled at age 8, and is now able, for the first time in 4 years, to get around without crawling on the ground. 

Florence got her very own wheelchair — and the gift of mobility — because strangers donated to CanUgan — a small charity run by Canadians and Ugandans together.

If you wish to help others like Florence: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/canugan-disability-support/

Blog Photo - CanUgan - Florence 1

I’ve also spent the last few weeks supporting a fundraising drive to benefit vulnerable children, adults and pets through #GlobalSussexBabyShower — and rejoicing at every donation.

Thanks to this grassroots online initiative that honours Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan, more children in South Africa now have food each day; more newborns in the US are getting clothes, diapers, food.

Blog Photo - Baby Shower - Wellchild Baby

More seriously ill children in the UK are getting expert care and more unemployed British women are getting help and clothing for their job-hunt.

More adolescent girls in India are getting sanitary pads so they can go to school when having their monthly periods; more girls in Africa are now able to attend school.

Blog Photo - Camfed donations from baby shower

The problems of the world are daunting. Poverty, oppression, racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry loom large. As I start the next year on this beautiful planet, I will try to keep in mind:

One-one coco fill basket. Bit by bit, one by one, each of us can make a difference to another person’s life. And each of us can make a difference to the Earth. 







41 thoughts on “Birthday Thoughts”

  1. This is a beautiful way of celebrating your birthday Cynthia! Yes we each can make a difference, bit by bit. I love the reminder that our lives are largely defined by how we treat others and the planet. A great guidepost for loving. Birthday hugs and blessings… ❤

  2. Happy birthday, Cynthia. One-one cocoa fill basket, a much more colourful version of ‘one step at a time’, is a worthy adage for all of us to include in our personal guiding principles.

  3. Lovely post Cynthia. Happy Birthday. We share the same birthday, though I have had the privilege of spending more years on this wonderful earth than you have so far. We must all do our part to tread lightly and do what we can to preserve the beauty for future generations.

  4. I like that “one-one coco fill the basket” a lot! It makes me think of a line in a song by Sweet Honey in the Rock–“many drops will turn the mill.” We all need to do our parts and you certainly are doing yours! Happy birthday, Cynthia!

  5. Yes, the Earth is home for all of us. May we fill the basket that is around us, one by one. You inspire all of us every day, Cynthia! Happy belated birthday! I sending you birthday greetings on Facebook as I was in Houston with Husband, Son and Daughter and did not even check FB. We celebrated Easter and Daughter’s birthday. You and she share a birthday with Queen Elizabeth!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday Cynthia
    A lovely post, with great reminders of all the positive things we can do for mother Earth and others. Thank you for sharing.

  7. A wonderful quote to live our lives by. The world’s problems can seem overwhelming but, I agree, we can each make a difference with the little things we do.

  8. Happy Birthday, Cynthia. This is a lovely birthday post.Your pledge is inspiring. I think I dropped my basket awhile back. I need to find it and start filling it. 🙂

  9. What lovely thoughts and wishes you have to share with the earth and its inhabitants. A belated but nonetheless heartfelt happy birthday.

  10. Wishing you a belated happy birthday, Cynthia! These are lovely thoughts and observations you have shared with your readers. You have made a difference in my life, and I thank you for that, too.

  11. I am so with you on this, Cynthia. If we all just keep on doing a little bit, it can get better and we can make a difference. People sometimes think their contribution is meaningless, but it all counts. And Happy Birthday!! xo, Jeanne

  12. Happy Birthday, Cynthia, and what a wonderful way to celebrate – by honoring our Earthly home and spreading cheer and kindness to others. Well done. Have another glorious year ahead.

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