Films, Books, Musings-With the Glamour of Old Hollywood and the Flair of the Retro

Desiderata- Stanza by Stanza. Part 6

In Attitude, Books on June 20, 2012 at 10:33 am


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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.

If each of us is a child of the universe, and the happenings of the universe are unfolding as they should, then we are here for a purpose and the things that happen in our lives must happen for a reason. To make peace with the fact that we are important and our blessings and hardships are occurring as they should is to make peace with God or a higher power,instead of asking “Why me?”
“Why do I have so much and others so little?”
“Why is my life so hard?”
“Why did my child get sick?”

Maybe it is the tone of the questioning that makes all the difference. With trust that our life has a purpose, we can ask ” Why me?” with a heart open to learning a lesson or using my experience to help another person. Maybe there will be no answer that we will ever find-in this lifetime, yet, we can trust there is a higher purpose to our lives.

When we can use our life experiences in a positive manner and not continue on in guilt or shame or fear, we can then make the peace with our soul that allows us to be content and happy. We can then see beauty in the world, in abundance and simple pleasues, in plans gone awry that end up being the right path anyway, even in suffering and pain and it’s gift of compassion. Looking for the purpose,the beauty, the faintest glimmer of a silver lining is an effort that can bring peace and happiness.


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