Monthly Archives: November 2014

40 Days

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Forty days from now I will turn forty. I thought I would find it terrifying but I am strangely serene with the idea. I have been thinking a lot lately about how to express my feelings on the subject but today I stumbled upon the perfect words, of course they belong to someone else.

Desiderata

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
almost20
That’s me about the same amount of time before my 20th birthday. Every moment, sleeping and waking, was fraught with anxiety. I didn’t know myself, I didn’t know where I stood in the world.  I wish I could go back and tell that girl how great it would all turn out; what a wild 20 years it would be but worth all the ups and downs but let’s face it, I totally wouldn’t listen to me. I look forward to what the next twenty years will bring.
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