Happy USA Birthday

This morning Seth Godin posed the question, what should we do on your birthday?

With all due respect to Hallmark, the idea of sending people cards and presents on their birthday seems both selfish and small-minded. It seems to me that we could think bigger…On your birthday, what should your friends do? Let’s say you have a shoe buying fetish. Perhaps on your birthday, your friends could buy shoes–for themselves, not for you. Share the joy, right? Or perhaps buy shoes for their friends? On my birthday, it would make me really happy if people started a project, launched an idea or engaged in a difficult interaction that made something good happen. Make a difference day.

So I just thought I would mention that for my Dad’s birthday (Apr 19, 1922-2005), I created an International Curly Price Day and last year made it a virtual event on Facebook.

Time to contact someone you haven’t seen for a while and tell them how great they are — the annual ritual in tribute to my father, who never forgot a face or name, who was impressed with everyone and who didn’t hesitate to tell them so. Digging someone up tell them you remember how “really neat” they are is easier said than done. How many of us construct our life stories around the loss of innocence, shaking our heads at the idiots and rolling our eyes at those who’ve abused our good natures? How few of us choose to remember exactly what was interesting and wonderful about every person we’ve ever met?

I like to think I started a little movement. Maybe I should think of something like that for my own birthday.

Anyway, for our USA Birthday today, we’re picnicking with friends who are using it as an opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of everyone they know who reached a “0” birthday milestone in the past year (40, 50, 60, etc.). Another novel idea!

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