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Desiderata- Stanza by Stanza. Part 3

In Attitude, Quotes on June 20, 2012 at 12:43 am


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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.

Your ‘career’ is whatever you do in your daily life and whatever that may be is important. A parent who stays at home and cares for the family and house, a person who serves at the deli counter and helps and infirm parent with their meals and laundry, a bank manager, a teacher- it is all useful and necessary and if we see it that way and put in our best effort it is blessed work.

Take care that you are treated fairly, you are deserving of your rights. Know your business, your finances, the legal rights regarding your employer or your landlord,etc, and also your personal rights. Protect yourself and stand up for yourself. If you can find worth in yourself and your daily tasks, you will have the self esteem to ensure you are treated fairly and well.

Still trust in others who show they honour you. We need the help and support of others, it is a great gift to give and recieve help. If you look for the good in people and are open to their grace, you will often find it. Most people are good hearted and giving, a crisis shows us this. When a community hears of a family facing health or financial troubles, or if there is a natural disaster we see the human spirit rally in its’ basic need for connection to others and the urge to ease the suffering of others, and people feel compelled to help in anyway they can. Many people have been in the position of giving more than they can afford, or even risking their safety for the sake of helping a fellow human.

Seek goodness and acknowledge it. Accept goodwill and give it too.

  1. I love your definition of career. Such wisdom in the poem and such wisdom in the blog! Roll on Part 4!

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