I just came across something quite beautiful recently, it’s the poem Desiderata. As I read the words, they brought tears to my eyes. It was actually in the home of a client and I was so happy to come across such beautiful words.
As someone who leads a minimalist life, where less is more, I put a stop on buying any more ‘positive motivational’ cards and the like as they could start cluttering your house. In fact, a few years ago I had so many cards, I couldn’t find enough time to read them all! They literally were in every segment of my house; a daily reminder to ‘be happy.’
As I have managed to get my act together, over a period of years, I rely less and less on outer influences to make it me happy.
However, given the year we find ourselves in, I thought I would share the words with you as it seems to me, that they have never been more poignant. I have ordered them in an A4 poster, framed it up and it now sits on my desk. I can turn to it in times of need.
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 as 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 dark 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 labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
I hope these words soothe any troubled brows you may have and lead you to an inner stillness.
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