Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Harder For You.... or Me?

A common theme that runs among chronic illness, whether the victim of it or their caretaker, is the disappearance of friends, family, spouses, significant others, and so forth. The most common reason, if one is given, seems to be that, "It's just so difficult for me to see you this way". Well now, doesn't that make sense.  



Desiderata by Max Ehrmann 1927

"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 to 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 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's 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 in your soul.


With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.


Be cheerful.


Strive to be happy.




"Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
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