When One can arrive in a moment, a breath, or a place to just be, One will no doubt feel happiness.
*Note to The One Reader*
All smiles here, the Desiderta is just as much a apart of my memory as is my first kiss, travel, step inside a new apartment. In the days that have passed, each word has been branded into my consciousness. The repetition as relentless as breath, it even being erratic at times when obstacles and distractions thwarted my goal.
But alas, it was the very moment to Decide Desiderata that brought me to this blissfully satisfying moment I share with you now. I’ve learned again that, to Make Memory isn’t anything 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 in this moment I can just Be Happy.
Thanks for sharing the journey! Cheers! To the next step of living, laughing, learning, and loving…
Desiderata (as B*, aka The·One, remembers it by heart )
Go placidly amid the noise & the haste, & 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 & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own careers, 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 & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of the spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & 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 & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
-Max Ehrnmann, 1927