Every year continues to be a blessing. As the years pass, I am filled with happiness that in the midst of all the difficulties in the world and in my life there are still reasons for me to go on. For friends, family, loved ones, and even strangers who greeted me on my birthday, thanks. Your kind words and intentions are always a bonus.
All around, the world is in flux. Revolutions rage, economies rise and fall, the world weather has gone haywire, technology is moving leaps and bounds. Loved ones gather round and support one another as people fight off the inevitability of death. Or as they welcome the coming of new life.
On the other hand, life has become a steady drone for me. I welcome the regularity of the desert in Saudi Arabia. Work is now a familiar face, a worry that is rather welcome than feared. I like the constant pressure that each day brings. Though at times my mind is sapped, as it is now, to look for something new, I thank the silence that comes from having my mind go blank.