Thursday, December 9, 2010

Celebrating in New York

A couple of days ago, a good friend of mine, who lives in another city, called and suggested we drop everything and fly to New York City. He thought a spur-of-the-moment trip would be a great way to celebrate my birthday — and his! 

(We were both born on December 9 — just a few years apart.)

Immediately, I thought, "I love New York! I really, really love New York!"

I wanted to jump up and down and say, "Yes, yes, yes! Let's go!"

Instead, I offered up a dozen reasons why I couldn't get away. The normal stuff - work, holiday parties, work, Christmas shopping, work. But, my friend accepted none of it. 

He simply reminded me how much I love New York. Then he reminded me that we've been trying to celebrate our birthdays together for years. Then, he reminded me again how much I love New York!

I always "preach" that it's a good idea to take things as they come, go for the gusto, seize the day! But, when my own schedule is especially busy, I have to force myself to do that. 

But not this time. Some opportunities are simply too good to pass up. Taking a bite of the Big Apple today — on my birthday —  is one of them!

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