My love, my best friend, my confidant, my inspiration.
In the almost decade since I know you, I have watched you navigate really tough roads and I have seen the wounds incurred, so deep sometimes that it amazes me profoundly, to see that you still have so much hope and belief in the world, and in people.
I want to post this on your Facebook page because I want the world to know what a great man you are and not in the way that the world defines greatness, though you have those qualities too. Yes, you can make a lot of money and yes, you can fly a plane, and yes you are this great drummer and yes, you can resolve any issue mechanically or otherwise….and on and on with all the modern descriptions of success, I can go… ( and how lucky am I to have a partner that is so capable??)….
But it is the spirit of you in these things that I admire most – As we have journeyed together, I have seen a man who wants to know how to be a better man in the ways that matter most.
I see a man who is very aware of what his part is in the interaction. And I see that when it is brought to his attention that he can do it differently for a kinder gentler outcome, he is willing.
I see a man who strives for excellence toward what God has designed him to be. I see a man who knows he has an audience of One who is always loving and looking down at him.
I see a man who wants to please Him and knows that is what matters most.
I see a man who has been falsely accused in the past and a man who has been judged and misjudged and I see a man that does not allow that to get him down for too long.
I see a man who gets up, brushes off the pain, looks at it to determine how to make it better, and moves on.
I see a man who has learned to look at himself before reacting so that he can respond with love and kindness.
I see a man who no longer believes the old recordings in his head and does what he knows to be right because he knows that he is strong enough to be kind and he knows he can be fearless.
I have experienced this man in all the love he willingly gives and it is so awe-inspiring that it moves me to a place of pure humility and gratitude. I am humbled that you have given me your greatest gifts – partnership, trust, attention, help, leadership, in a nut shell; sharing your entire life.
As we move along in this beautiful yet sometimes painful, life my admiration continually increases as I watch the strength it takes to grow as you have; you make me want to be a better person and I am physically moved to action when I see your diligence. So many times, I am blessed with just walking with you and watching your actions and hearing your way of thinking and I can literally see what sheer determination looks like.
And without really knowing it or doing it on purpose, you make me want to be that way too. I want to be an example of the beauty in the world in the same way you have given that to me.
You are a strong man and you have accepted that this is not a compliment but rather a responsibility to be an example to the world. And you are…
You are an example of strength when I see you act with patience. When you encourage others; When you allow someone to come into your life and you give them your belief in their success, you actually help in getting them to where they want to be
With all the scars and disappointments in your life, you have decided that that will not define you. You instead, act in your true spirit which is that of such vitality and zeal for life – you live, and love, and feel, so deeply.
You have made the decision that no matter who has lied to you, who has hurt you, who has turned on you, you will not allow that to seep into the love we have been blessed with nor allow it to sour the sweet life God has bestowed on you.
You have given me the gift of your complete trust which is the highest honor in my life. I know what you have been through and I watched you work so very hard to take the beauty from the ashes.
Though today is your birthday, there are not enough words to tell you how honored and grateful I am to God for getting me ready to be your partner in this life. You are my gift and I hold you as the greatest blessing the good Lord has graced me with.
And for all of you that know Marcelo, I wanted to shout this from the Cyber Mountain Top because I am so proud of this man – many of you know that I do not exaggerate when I say he has truly gone through some of the roughest roads the human condition has to offer. And he is a better man despite how some wanted him to become.
What I know and have experienced is that he has truly gained the amazing understanding that all of the pain was growth for him and strength for him so that so that he can use all of his experiences toward good in the world. And he practices this, consciously, one interaction at a time – he is an amazing man and has accepted with great humility that all of his gifts are also a responsibility – you too, are lucky to have him in your life!
Happy, happy birthday my love, I look forward to the next 50!!