I haven’t written much about how my 60th birthday party went down, way back on Groundhog Day (a.k.a Day 33) (a.k.a. February 2).
Planning that party did make an appearance in this blog, on Day 16, when I was struggling with some self-judgment during that process.
My goal in planning that party was to create a day which was meaningful and fun, where people I appreciate and love could help me celebrate reaching quite the birthday milestone.
One of my ideas was to put up on the wall giant post-it notes (these 25″ by 30″ beauties, right here), which people could write or draw on. On some of those posters, I had written questions or topics that people could answer throughout the party. I really liked that idea, because I thought that would help people engage and feel comfortable, soon after they entered the party, since the posters were hanging right where people first entered my place. Plus, in general, I LOVE asking people questions, so that made it more fun for ME.
Here were the questions I put up on the posters:
What is something in your life that you love?
What’s a really helpful lesson you’ve learned in your life?
What makes a good party?
What’s something you haven’t done yet that you want to?
Words to live by?
If you could be any animal ….?
And during the party, it was fun for me to see my guests, engaging with each other around those questions. Plus, at the end of the party, I had — as a memento of the day — the answers to keep. All of the answers were anonymous, so that was fun, too — to guess who wrote what.
My idea for today’s blog was to pass on what people at my party wrote for “Words to Live By.”
This is what people wrote:
Laugh a lot every day.
Laugh at lot at Ray every day. (This, I know, was written by my hilarious friend Janet, married to Ray.)
If not you, then who?
If not now, when?
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Show up, be gentle, and tell the truth
Please and thank you.
No, you first.
Leap and the net will appear.
Don’t sweat the “small stuff” — it’s all “small stuff.”
Live, love, laugh
Do one thing every day that scares you. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Life is emergent curriculum.
Those “Words to Live By” were just some of the many gifts I received at the party.
I’m pleased to re-gift them here, to you.