A special happy birthday

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” - Ed Cunningham

Today is my special friend Jackie’s birthday. I already wished her a wonderful birthday with a card and a special orchid to go with it. But I want to tell you all just how special Jackie really is, because she will never do it herself. Many of you probably don’t even know her but she is someone I think anyone would be honored to know. 

Jackie has been through so much and has come out the other side with smiles and laughter. Heart ache and sadness can either break a person or make them stronger. Jackie is one of the stronger ones! She has borne a load that she didn’t deserve to bare in her life, but because she is firm in being positive and faithful to laughter she is a better person today than just a few years ago. 

I often wonder why some people who are so wonderful on the inside, why they must bare such heavy burdens in life. I think I know why now. Because they can. Because they set examples for us all to reach for. They show us what is possible. They are the ones, like Jackie who have decided to be caring in spite of hardship. They are the ones who decide to act with compassion even amongst inequity. She is that kind of person that still wants to serve others even when her needs aren’t being met.

I admire my friend so much. I admire her because I see such wonderful strength on the outside and authentic love on the inside. I admire my friend because she is what I mean when I say, we are all so very wonderful. Jackie you are such a special person and I hope that this birthday is the best you can remember! 

You deserve to have every dream fulfilled. You are one of the rarest breeds out there. Hard working, honest, caring, loving, thoughtful and truly interested in the wellbeing of others. Thank you for sharing your light with me. I am a better man just by being your friend.

I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And so are you Jackie. So very good. 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.