Dear Gary,

A joyous, blessed, and happy birthday to you!

It is wonderful to be on this journey with amazing people such as yourself and Linda. I’d like to share my story with you and let you know how you have touched my life, and continue to do so.

My spiritual awakening began in a bagel shop of all places. There I stood, ordering my bagels when the man behind the counter boomed,” Speak up! I can’t hear you!” It was then I realized that, of course he couldn’t hear me! I could barely hear myself. I was so caught up in what others expected of me, trying to please everyone, lost in my life if you will. I didn’t know who I was anymore. Nor, could I hear my inner voice.

A few days later, I was watching television and flipping through the channels. There was Oprah, having a conversation with a man who seemed like such a gentle, pure, and honest soul. I put the remote down, and my new, awakened life began! The next day, I purchased, Seat of the Soul. I have read and reread every beautiful page, every beautiful suggestion. I have learned such a great deal from you about this amazing journey we’re all taking in this wondrous Earth School. I have turned to you many times since seeing you for the first time on Oprah in the early 90’s. Your words, your spirit, your essence has helped me understand and get through many “perceived” stressful events in my life.

You are appreciated and the way you have used your life has had such a positive effect on others. It seems that words cannot do justice to the feelings I, as well as countless others have for you. A heartfelt, “thank you” and a heartfelt, “I love you” pretty much sum it up.

I am thankful for this opportunity to wish you a very happy birthday! I am also thankful to be in the Earth School with you!

So, my friend, the most joyous and blessed birthday wishes are coming your way!