Some Words for the Week Ahead

It's just been a trying week for me, heck just 2013 in general. I think it's because I made a resolve to just worry less and let go this year, so everything has been thrown in high gear and it has been one thing after the other. Or it could be, as the receptionist at my office building said Mercury is in retrograde and throwing everything all out of wack. Either way, I kept my resolve but today was just even more trying, the simplest things were a struggle, I almost just sat in my car and cried. I remembered an email I found in my inbox while cleaning it up that seemed apt for the moment. I don't even know who I got it from although I think it was from my CILy but I figured it was worth sharing:

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 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 critical 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 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.

Max Ehrmann 1927

Hope this helps you start off your week in a good way. Also, if you didn't read my last post, please do and I urge you to sign up and let me know when you do :). Have a great week guys.


Nikkisho said…
Thanks for sharinga!
Original Mgbeke said…
Thanks for sharing and I hope that your week gets better, and is less trying.
Ada said…
I hope you're having a better week taynement! Thanks for sharing the wise words:)
MPB said…
Awww I remember this from childhood. My mom had the plaque and it was called "desiderata". I thought they didn't know the author of it. Anyways....long story. Hope the new day brought you new beginnings and you feel better already.

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