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Keep Interested

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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

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Comments on: "Keep Interested" (6)

  1. So true. We are so easily distracted by shiny things. One must write a thing on One’s heart before it can be remembered by the mind or performed by the body.

  2. […] briefly took my full attention away from my memorization project. But if I just Keep Interested and Nurture my Strength to continue, I will hold these words in my heart until I am […]

  3. […] briefly took my full attention away from my memorization project. But if I just Keep Interested and Nurture my Strength to continue, I will hold these words in my heart until I am […]

  4. Hey B, It’s mike. U like the poem your memorizing. Here is one I am trying, Although its been months.

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too:
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same:
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
    [edit] Rudyard kipling.

  5. […] more than a dedication to persistence. In doing so, One gains confidence in their ability to Keep Interested, when time tests patience. But through commitment I learned to Nurture Strength to continue, and […]

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