Birthday gifts for a dying man

Our dear blogging friend Mel made mention of this in one of her recent comments. My birthday is coming up and yes as I have every year in the past I am flat out asking for gifts. Now the gifts I am asking for are not what would be considered a gift in the “normal” sense. No I am asking for something even more special and meaningful to me.

I am asking for random acts of kindness.
Now the size of the act doesn’t matter, for whom the act is done doesn’t matter. All that matters is that purely from the goodness, the love contained with in our hearts we reach out to another. Now there are a few rules here. It can’t something that is already expected of us, it can’t be something we do out of a sense of obligation nor can it be an act for which we are expecting some sort of reward or recognition. It has to be an act of love and kindness straight from the heart. Ideally the acts will be done anonymously if by chance the act is noticed we accept no thanks, instead ask the kindness be passed on.
Now please scroll to the top of this page. Spread across the top you will see a row of names. Each being the title of a separate page I have created to go along as part of the blog. Please check them out and let me know what you think. Today, I specifically ask you click on to open the page titled: “spirit within me”. Please read it and I invite all to join with me in my “everyone is welcome club”. Please leave me a message telling me you have signed on board.
My birthday is still about 5 weeks away. This year I am going to be pushing this request harder than in years gone by. Why harder this year?
I believe when we come into this world, we do so with an expiry date stamped on our butts. Statistically, I am likely years past that date. Doctors have told me I am at or very close to that date. Based on that, I hope to make this a big year. If based on that. This will likely be my last birthday request. That is reality.
What do I have to say about that? I am not a mere statistic and I have proven the doctors to be wrong in the past. Can I continue to “dodge that bullet”, well I am certainly going to try. It is in the hands of our Heavenly Father.

5 Responses to Birthday gifts for a dying man

  1. M T McGuire says:

    i hope your bullet dodging capabilities continue.



    **** Thank you. Know I am going to do my best. It has just been made clear to me that with every passing day the odds get treater. But then that could apply to each of us. When that bullet comes it will have to be a big one to take me down

  2. Kim says:

    I was so glad to come back after being gone so long and see you still blogging. My mom lived with me, well, nearly all my life, and I am almost 45 (I mention this because my birthday is also in December). Mom got sick in June, after having been bedridden with MS. She was in the hospital from June until she passed away in September. Tomorrow marks 2 months since I lost her. We had no idea – this was completely unexpected, even with the three months in the hospital. Sorry for rambling, I just have always loved your spirit when I read your blogs. I have been sitting her feeling sorry for myself, not knowing how to go on without Mom, how to celebrate/not celebrate these holidays coming up. I only lived 1 year of my life without Mom, and I’m so lost. I will absolutely make sure these random acts of kindness happen in St. Louis. I pray you have the most amazing birthday you ever have had. Sincerely, Kim

    Hi Kim and welcome back. I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was obviously very important, a big part of your life. Such a lose impacts us greatly. The world as you know it has been completely turned upside down. That feeling of being lost is understandable. Be kind to yourself, allow yourself the time to grieve. Your life as you know it has been changed forever. Changed yes, but that does not mean it will not be good again.
    I am speaking only for myself here but I have found when I take the focus off of myself and think of others is a big help.
    I thank you for the birthday wishes and even more for letting me know St. Louis will be rocking with acts of kindness. The birthday gift to me is just hearing of some of the things being done.
    You are in my heart and prayers

  3. lypenner says:

    Hi Bill. I will definitely be pulling off a RAOK gift in your honor…

  4. hilarymb says:

    Hi Bill .. I signed up … and yes I will do more volunteering for others as time goes on – I see a lady, who has been confined to bed for over ten years … she had polio, or spina bifida, I think as a child … it’s lovely to see her eyes light up when I appear.

    We also communicate with a young lad, who is amazing, and who has a form of cancer – which I sincerely hope he will heal from .. but he is a light amongst the blogging fraternity that I visit .. and for all who know of him here …

    Also we never know when we will lose … another blogging friend has just lost his stepson, who had cerebral palsy, and unexpectedly died … so tragic …

    So I salute and your blog and wise words … Hilary

  5. Mel says:

    I’m in! 🙂
    Now I just need to plot. LOL. For some reason I find great joy in doing the RAOK and NOT getting found out. I think I like being sneaky. Hahahaha

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