On Dec. 31, at year's end, we ask ourselves, "What is the state of my life?" inevitably motivating us to make resolutions. However, we can also take inventory on our birthday. On mine, I received a birthday card saying "Happy Appearance Day," a phrase with roots in India. Interestingly, it raised questions for me about my life's journey. What are my beliefs? Do I really believe prayer makes a difference? Yes, I do, and so does Larry Dossey, author of several books on the power of spirituality. Dossey suggests you give thanks before meals and say a prayer of gratitude in the morning. Then graduate to a prayer for a quick recovery and better health.