Desiderata

Today’s message is one of true inspiration.  One can find such inspiring thoughts from within, or in this case grabbing a reflection from a wonderful library of allure and feelings.  This one is very particular, because it is one of my all-time favorites.  In fact, I had it memorialized in artform and it now hangs in my bedroom to be seen and read every day.  It is called

DESIDERATA

(Latin: “Things That Are Desired”)

I cannot take any credit for this famous inspirational poetic prose, as it was written in 1927 by Max Ehrman, a poet and attorney from Terra Haute, Indiana.  But I can and will take credit for passing it on to you.  It is a “concise but truly inspiring reminder” to strive for high ideals.  It reminds us “to treat others kindly, to accept who they are and to be gentle with ourselves.”  Please carry these thoughtful words with you every single day.

                “GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE AND REMEMBER WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.  Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.  Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.  If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.  Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.  Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.  Be yourself.  Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.  Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.  Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be careful.  Strive to be happy.”

Connie and Bill, your #1 BoomerGal and BoomerGuy for all things inspirational.

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