Lonely? Troubled? Disturbed? Take ample dosage of inspiring thoughts...
Sometimes, we need to experience sadness to realize and appreciate what is happiness...
It's true... you will never realize what is happiness without understanding sadness... You will never enjoy pleasure unless you know what is pain...
Sometimes, we dwell into what is in our comfort zone, because most of the times we avoid things to happen or just watch things happen... we want to be safe... and we always play safe... But playing safe sometimes put us at the edge of uncertainty....and so many "what if" questions...thus, we are deprived of the chance to know what we really are and what we really can do.
Down, bored, depressed... it's natural that for some time, a person can experience all these negative feelings... I had my own dose of negative thoughts... but in a way lead me to searching for thoughts that would wash away these killing feelings and relish the thoughts that would lift me up...
And in my quest for the answer, I paused and read.... and pondered.... on the works of Max Ehrmann...
Max Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana and graduated from De Pauw University, going on to do postgraduate studies in law and philosophy at Harvard University. After practicing law for several years he joined the family business, but retired ten years later to concentrate on writing. It was only in the late '60s when Desiderata became a cult poem of the new generation, that his work began to be better known."
My spirit was lifted when I read between the lines and felt by myself the meaning of Max' s writings... which now, I will share to you...
When you are happy, just be happy.. as simple as that...no other thoughts...no other worries... But when you are sad, think that time passes by so fast, and after darkness for sure there will be light....
THE HUMAN HEART
I journeyed from university to university, and I saw everywhere the past rebuilt
before the eyes of young men and young women
- Egypt, Greece, Rome; language, architecture, laws - saw the earth and sky
explained, and the habits of the body -
Everywhere chairs of this and that, largely endowed. But nowhere saw I a
chair of the human heart.
I GO MY WAY
All round is haste, confusion, noise, for power and wealth men stretch the day
from dawn till dusk. But quietly I go my way.
For glitter, show, to taunt the crowd, desire-tossed in wild dismay, men sell
their souls. But quietly I go my way.
The green of all the fields is mine, the stars, the night, the wind at play,
A peaceful heart, while quietly, I go my way.
DESIDERATA OF HAPPINESS
I sat with the stars on the hill of life, and looked at the world below.
I ran with the winds where winds begin, and followed them where they blow.
I lay by the sea on the beaten rock and rode on the farthest wave,
I watched by a child on its night of birth, and followed it to its grave.
And love in the still of the star-flecked night, when earth was all strewn with
gold, has lifted my heart like the chords of song
Oft sung in the world of old.
And though I have not understood all this, made up a laugh and a wail,
I think that the God of the world knows all, and someday will tell the tale.
Maybe you have a still soul that goes murmurless like water
in the deep of rivers;
And perchance you wander silent amid the din of the world's
grinding barterlike one journeying in strange lands.
You, too, with the still soul, have your mission, for beneath the dashing,
noisy waves must ever run the silent waters that give the tide its course.
Go placidly amid 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 your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or 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 in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
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