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For Your Birthday by John O'Donohue

For Your Birthday by John O'Donohue

For Your Birthday
by John O'Donohue

Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day
The blueprint of your life
Would begin to glow on earth, 
Illuminating all the faces and voices
That would arrive to invite
Your soul to growth.

Praised be your father and mother,
Who loved you before you were,
And trusted to call you here
With no idea who you would be.

Blessed be those who have loved you
Into becoming who you were meant to be,
Blessed be those who have crossed your life
With dark gifts of hurt and loss
That have helped to school your mind
In the art of disappointment.

When desolation surrounded you,
Blessed be those who lookoed for you
And found you, their kind hands
Urgent to open a blue window
In the gray wall formed around you.

Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
Your health, eyes to behold the world,
Thoughts to countenance the unknown,
Memory to harvest vanished days,
Your heart to feel the world's waves,
Your breath to breathe the nourishment
Of distance made intimate by earth.

On this echoing-day of your birth,
May you open the gift of solitude
In order to receive your soul;
Enter the generosity of silence
To hear your hidden heart;
Know the serenity of stillness
To be enfolded anew
By the miracle of your being.

-John O'Donohue

Published in To Bless the Space Between Us, A Book of Blessings

We wish you a blessed birthday! May the seeds of your greatest desires sprout and flourish. Whether you are celebrating your own birthday or someone else's, it's a home run to write this poem down for the occasion, and include it in with a card with a special gift of handmade jewelry to last as long as your sweet sentiment.  Explore Harmony Scott birthstone jewelry by month here!


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Jul 27, 2019

Wish I could find the words to say how I am so moved by John OD s fearless acceptance of life and death.

Vin Lynch
Feb 19, 2017

I was so impressed by this beautiful message !! Not only for my personal day of birth celebration!
That you took the time and eloqueance to send this out!! It was truly a a wonderful and glorious gesture on your part!!
Thank You

Kristina Mace
Feb 19, 2017

Hello, Harmony,

Thank you, Harmony. This message is truly beautiful, and such a joy to embrace. It reflects the kindness and beauty of you, and those you choose to help you. What a lovely soul you possess. Thank you very much. I will cherish these words, and your lovely spirit.


Sandra Swenberg

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