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Desiderata- Stanza by Stanza. Part 5

In Attitude, Books, Excerpt, Poetry, Quotes on July 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm


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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.

Hopefully, as we grow older we will have some wisdom and have learnt from our mistakes- or maybe not! Maybe we keep making mistakes and misjudgments, maybe it is immaturity and the way the young have the luxury of thinking they are immortal. When we are young we can fantasize about a perfect life, neglect ourselves and our loved ones and take risks with a more blase attitude. With a little age,experience and wisdom we know that life is short and impermanent. Some times there is no second chance, no do-overs and all things, good and bad will pass.

Knowing the concept “This too shall pass” is a good mantra to strengthen your spirit when things seem too hard and to remind yourself to enjoy the good times while they last. This realisation brings us back to the moment, as it IS, not with worry and anxiety over what might happen and how things could get worse. We could think about what we are experiencing right now with gratitude, as maybe things could be better but they could be worse. We can see that we can handle this moment and then handle the next, as it comes. Oh, grant me this wisdom!

I will have to be patient with myself for being a slow learner and so sensitive and anxious. I will continue to take baby steps along the path and keep my eyes on the path. Being gentle with ourselves is hard. We often are more forgiving of others than we are of ourselves. I think that looking at our mistakes and faults with a little objectivity rather than beating ourselves up may be the key to learning from our mistakes and breaking negative patterns.

Finding some peace with ourselves and some peace of mind means we can look forward, improve ourselves while accepting ourselves.


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