Happy Women’s Day Fabulous Followers!
Desiderata – Words for Life by Max Ehrmann
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.
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.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Stop! Walk away from the materialistic pursuit of happiness. It is a consuming trap that makes you believe that your happiness is found in the future. The truth is that it is your right to be happy right now, this moment. The definition of pursuit is; the action of pursuing (chasing) someone or something. What does this tell you? That your right to happiness can never be found? That your feelings of contentment will always be one step ahead of you, just out of your reach? You don’t need to chase happiness. Happiness is a state of being, not something that you can buy. Stop thinking that “When I get…(a new car, a new mobile, new clothes) or when I am…(thinner, older, richer, or on holiday)…then I will be happy.” I promise you that the happiness that you get from acquiring new things is fleeting. It will hold your attention for a moment and then be gone, leaving you craving for your next hit of happiness. You have a right to be happy not just chase after a future feeling of fulfillment. So stop this pointless pursuit, take a moment…….(breath)…….step outside, count your blessings and take a stand, for it is your right to be happy right now!
I saw this quote on Facebook and I thought I would share it with you. It really made me think about the things that I want to do that I keep on putting off. Maybe today is the day to start that yoga class or pull out that sketch book or sign up for that French course…. Are you feeling inspired yet?
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Friday from us!!
Natalie & Elaine