Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thoughts on a Muted Birthday

On May 19, 2009, I put this question on my blog: "My friend has a birthday coming up. How can I demonstrate consideration to my friend on that special day?" I was suggesting a possible question for submission to

Why did I think that someone might submit such a question to the writers at factoidz? I had that thought because I have answered other questions about the developement of virtues. I wrote one article about encouraging a child to overcome night fears. I wrote other articles that were intended to help someone who needed to develop a more enthusiastic approach to llife.

Today I want to talk about the idea of giving a friend an added amount of considertion on his or her birthday. I am writing about that today, because this is the date of Abdu'l-Baha's birthday. Now, I want to make it clear that Abdu'l-Baha did NOT want friends to throw him a big party on his birthday.

Today is also a Baha'i Holy Day. For that reason, Abdu'l-Baha wanted his friends and family to take part in the planned celebrations for this day. He was pleased to find that his birthday had been given little consideration.

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