For your birthday, I give you one of my favorite poems that I read in my yoga classes...
We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and Joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
Run my dear,
That may not strengthen your precious budding wings.
Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.
We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
Come out and play."
For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,
But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom, and
Hafiz (translation by Daniel Ladinsky)
Thank you for living with courage, freedom and light!
I wish you a most joyful birthday!