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How do you measure a year?

In 525,600 minutes.  At least that is one way to do it.

But how else?

At 12:49 a.m. this Wednesday, March 31st, my son Henry celebrates his first year on earth this go round.  Or, as the title of this article, and the theme of one of my favorite all time songs (“Seasons of Love“) focuses on, he is celebrating his 525,600th minute – marking his first year’s completion.

When I celebrate my own birthday, I don’t always look at it as an exciting time – it just depends on my mood I guess.  My 18th and 21st birthdays were landmark years.  My 30th was pretty decent, however, also challenging at the time in my life of transition and realizing how many more responsibilities I had as I was getting older.

How about you?  How do you receive your birthday?

My husband is not looking forward to marking his 40th year this year and I have a lot of friends who don’t even tell their age anymore, because of the fear of getting older or seeming “old” – especially past the “mid-life” years.  It seems as we get older, birthdays aren’t as exciting as they once were – back in the day of big parties with all your best friends, birthday cake that you can smear all over your clothes, wearing the big hat, having streamers decorating the whole room, late night slumber parties where you play truth or dare until you can’t play anymore because your sides hurt from so much laughter….

Yet, as I look back at this past year with my son – his first four seasons experienced, his first day of crawling, his first visit to Grandpa’s farm, his first trip to the beach, his first trip across country moving to a new state and a new home, his first few steps, his first day at daycare, his first birthday cake….

I remember all the “firsts” I had as a mom the first time too – not always exciting, depending on the amount of sleep I did/did not get – but his life has definitely impacted many lives of those that he touched.  Many moments of joy came about because of him. 

Maybe that’s a more exciting way to look at a new year, another birthday, another year (525,600 minutes) passing you/me by.  I’d like to think that we all have an impact on others just by being alive another year – just by “Being”. 

One of my favorite musicals/movies of all time, “Rent”, brought this home to me the first and tenth time I saw it (and listened to the soundtrack thousands of times).  The entire soundtrack is forever embedded in my mind, however, there’s an amazing song, “Seasons Of Love”, that reflects on how you measure the life of a woman or a man in one year.

In that song they focus on how each minute in our year plays a huge part in who we are as a person and how we impact the lives of others.  Every moment counts in a year’s time – not just a day, a month or two, but every minute. 

How do you measure a year?

In 525,600 “moments so dear”?

“In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee
in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In 525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year in the life?”

“In truth that she learned, in times that he cried
In bridges he burned or in the way that she died?”

A lot can happen in a year, can’t it?

Some good, some bad and even some ugly stuff – all depending on where you are in your life – in mind, body and Spirit.

The main idea of “Seasons of Love”, and the purest way I can measure my first year of my son’s life, is not through the seasons of weather and passing of the actual time itself, but rather the seasons of love that we have weathered together as a family as a result of him being in our lives.  Not to mention the possibilities of the year ahead – the growth, the excitement, the tears, the joys, the frustrations – every minute of all of “it”.

There are “525,000″ journeys to plan in a year and I hope the next few “journeys” on your list this week and next are fillled with “moments so dear”.

“Measure your life in seasons of love” – that is my hope for my son, my family and all of you that are reading this now.

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