One can set goals, strive for their best potential, and aspire to fully achieve. Initially, feelings of future accomplishment motivate our actions and all is well in our on-set of ambition. Though over time comes delay of gratification, and in the rapid, voracious pace of modern culture it is easy for One to grow impatient, and get distracted from the lack of expected result. Without persistence and acceptance of One’s own natural progress, interest will inevitably fade.
Strive to resist restless feelings of falsely conceived failure, and slowly but surely; like a patient desert cactus bud awaiting absent rain, your dreams will bloom.
*Note to the One Reader*
The last time I memorized anything this way, it was the Declaration of Independence at age 9. Almost 20 years later all I’ve got it is, “Four score and seven years ago, our fore fathers…” I think I’ll do better with this.
Desiderata (as B*, aka The·One, remembers it by heart so far…)
Go placidly amidst the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak you truth quietly and clearly; and remember what peace there may be in silence, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have there 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 there will always 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 future of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you from what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere there is heroism.
~Max Ehrmann, 1927