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 to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself to 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 not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for the 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 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 is is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, or whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever labors 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 cheeful. Strive to be happy.
–Max Ehrmann, Desiderata [translation: “desired things”]
Today, I am grateful. I wanted to share this poem with you all, a favorite of my godmother’s, and one that I read at her wake in February. That was almost two months ago, but I suppose I was just waiting for the right time. So many of the sentiments in this poem speak to me this morning. What an up and down year it’s been so far. I’m thankful that the downs have all been external circumstances, none stemming from my mental health.
That’s all for now, friends. Thank you for your support in all its forms, thank you for sharing your lives, thank you for connections. I hope this day treats you well. xo