One could examine one’s state of affairs any day of the year, but a birthday is as good a time as any.
Recently (as recently as this morning, as a matter of fact), I’ve taken to making the birthday boy or girl these questions:
- What’s the thing that makes you happiest in the past year?
- What’s the thing you’re glad to be putting behind you?
- And what are you looking forward to in the next year?
It stuns me the guest of honor would rather be concentrating on being sung to and eating cake (or biscuits and gravy, in the case of this morning’s celebrant) than thinking hard about his or her life, but I forge ahead anyway and get some interesting answers.
Try it the next time you’re dining on a frosted dessert of empty calories and you might be rewarded with a fulfilling conversation.