Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Desiderata, Part II (The Complete Poem)

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 the 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 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 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 cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

Desiderata, Part I

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Awaken to a Great Day

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Who Knows What’s Good or Bad? - A Story

In ancient China, there lived an old farmer who worked a small plot of land with his teenage son. They were poor even by the most modest standards. During this time, horses were considered great treasures; the richest person in the province owned no more than a few of them. One day, a wild horse came galloping into the town, jumped the old farmer’s fence, and began grazing on his land. According to local law, this meant that the horse now rightfully belonged to him and his family. The boy could hardly contain his joy, but the father put his hand on his son’s shoulder and said, “Who knows if this is good or bad? We shall see.”

The next day, the horse made its escape back to the mountains, and the boy was heartbroken. “Who knows if this is good or bad? We shall see,” said his father again, with the same equanimity he’d shown the day before. On the third day, the horse returned with a dozen wild horses following! The boy could hardly believe his good fortune. “We’re rich!” he cried, to which the father replied, “Who knows if this is good or bad? We shall see.” On the fourth day, the boy climbed on one of the wild horses and was thrown, breaking his leg when he landed. His father ran to get the doctor and was soon helping him treat the boy, who was crying and complaining about his miserable fate. The old farmer wiped the boy’s forehead with a wet cloth, looked deeply into his eyes, and said directly, “My dear son, who knows if this is good or bad? We shall see.” And on the fifth day, the province went to war, and army recruiters came through the town and conscripted all the young men—except for the one with a broken leg.
~ Thank you to The Field Project for permission to publish on my blog. :)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Go With the Flow Affirmations from Abraham-Hicks

10 Downstream Affirmations to Help You "Go With the Flow"

Upstream thought:
I have so much to do.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
No decision needs to be made today.

Upstream thought:
My family is making me crazy.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
What others are allowing or not—does not affect me.

Upstream thought:
This is the worst thing that could have ever happened.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
It will not feel this awful forever.

Upstream thought:
Bad things always happen to me.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
There are many positive things happening in my life.

Upstream thought:
Why do I have to do what everyone else thinks I should do?
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
It gives me great comfort to realize that it's not my job to change for others.

Upstream thought:
What did I do to deserve this?
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
I know that what will come next will be better because of this situation.

Upstream thought:
I never get a break.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
If I look at the overall picture, I realize it has been steadily improving.

Upstream thought:
Bad things always happen to me.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
I have so much life and opportunity ahead of me.

Upstream thought:
I will never get through this.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
This will all get better in time.

Upstream thought:
I don't see an end to this problem.
Abraham's Downstream Affirmation:
This will be all right.