Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday Thoughts

Finally the design came together on my Christmas cards, after tears, worry and no sleep. Lots more to paint tomorrow and mail for those that are far away.  We are also getting a Christmas tree tomorrow after my morning class.  So excited.

I thought we would get to see the meteor showers tonight but storms are moving in.  Maybe tomorrow night, especially since it is a full moon as well.  We did moon salutations in class today and I quoted one of my favorite lines from Desiderata, " you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here."  I love that poem so much that I want to share it with you tonight.  I think the words are profound and very fitting for our lives right now.  May we all strive to be happy and yes, it is still a beautiful world.

    Max Ehrmann 


    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, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.


  1. I love Desiderata..I have a copy over my desk and I even used it as a dedication in my last blog book. So much wisdom and hope fills in those lines! Have fun getting the tree!

  2. Desiderata is one of my favorite poem too. It's full of wisdom.

    Enjoy deciorating your Christmas tree.