"One of the rituals that I've made part of my life is the celebration of my birthday once a month. I used to make plans for a retreat day every month but seldom kept my good intention. I needed to find a way to help me remember to do this on a monthly basis so I chose the day of my birth. On the twenty-eighth of every month I make a special effort to spend more time in prayer, to have a greater awareness of others, to spend some time with beauty, to reflect gratefully on my birth. It is a celebration of what is important in life. Even when I'm traveling and can't take a day off, I still find ways to make this day unique. For me it's not a day to receive presents. It's a day to be present. I also try to give a little gift to someone on this day."
By the way, if you don't know the website Spirituality & Practice that hosts these quotes, I encourage you to get lost in its treasures. You could begin by meeting more of the Spiritual Teachers the site introduces. Or you could choose one of its Spiritual Practices to explore. Or find a great book or film, together with a study guide, that your book group could use (and if you don't have a group, this site might help you form one).
I. L.O.V.E. T.H.I.S. S.I.T.E. Spirituality & Practice has enriched me in good times and bad, for many years. Thank you, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, for decades of brilliant sharing of spiritual wealth! You've gathered and organized so much treasure that I know I can find a present (and mindful presence) every day of my life.
By the way, Spirituality & Practice is only one of the many great links on our Contemplation page. We'd be glad to know your favorites - including sites we don't know yet.