Just as the muscles in One’s body, strength of spirit needs to be exercised. It is the harshest times in life that reveal One’s true depth of power and strongest will to survive. And because One is not in a constant state of struggle, it is not enough to wait for those moments to use our strength.
One needs to take care and cultivate their spirit, nourishing the roots of their soul with patience and healthy self-love. Only when One learns this practice will they then be able to handle hard times with great power and grace.
*Note to the One Reader*
Joyous family affairs 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 grey. Almost there!..
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 is in silence. Speak you 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 soul. 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 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.
Take kindly the counsel of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in times of sudden misfortune. But do not stress yourself with 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.
~Max Ehrmann, 1927