Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.

Nobody knows what their livingroom looks like their cat. When I was a wee bairn, my mother used to read me the Desiderata as a bedtime story.

She taught me, in word and action, that we can actually change the world for the better.

She taught me about the Three Gates, the law of the mirror, and that, as family friend and poet Will Inman said, “truth don’t stop to pick the teeth of the man that says it.”

She taught me that it’s not just okay but of vital importance to Be Who You Are, and to follow your heart, regardless of where it leads.

My mother died shortly before mother’s day, and the past many weeks have been abnormally full.Blueberry season opens on the Fourth of July, and updates will start back up after the rush of things has been handled.

In the meantime, I leave you with this:

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

 

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