DESIDERATA “Desired Things”

Castaic, Lake CA

Castaic, Lake CA

Spring is a cherished time of year for so many reasons. There is the anticipated arrival of longer, warmer sunlit days. Easter and Spring signify a fresh start ~ Life, Love and Peace all born anew. And, I always find myself reflecting, taking inventory of what the first part of the year has brought forth, and shedding layers that no longer serve me. It has become a recent tradition of mine to celebrate Easter Sunday hiking, because it is in the midst of nature I feel the closest to God and find my Spirit cleansed and renewed. This Easter I visited Castaic Lake. The views were breathtaking, I took much-needed time for meditation and contemplation, and found my Faith in all things strengthened.  It was what my heart and soul needed.

Castaic Lake, CA

Castaic Lake, CA

And then this morning, I came across this poem; DESIDERATA which in Latin means “Desired Things”, a message about being kind and honest, and to keep FAITH. This weekend was a strong reminder for me to stay Enchanted with the beauty of Life, Love and the Universe…”Because once you have learned to love, you have learned to live.”

DESIDERATA by 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 it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

monday motivation

I am truly blessed to have an amazing group of friends and loved ones who inspire me everyday! Last night one of those dear friends sent me a beautiful message full of hope and encouragement; and so I thought I would share a similar message with all of you!  Don’t you love that Monday holds so much potential? Wishing you a bright and brilliant week!

COURAGE my Love

Our lives are inevitably faced with periods of transition, adversity and challenge…that is what makes Life, Life. It is at these crossroads where you must decide to live your truth, to face your fears, and to create positive change for yourself.  Deciding which path to take on that journey can be extremely difficult and often times feelings of fear, sadness, or uncertainty take hold. I find myself in a transition period professionally, personally and emotionally; and that feeling of “not knowing” can be overwhelmingly scary. Today I am struggling to let go of something that has been a big part of my life recently, but I know in my heart it is not meant to be. So, to all of you who also need a little extra strength today….We are Beautiful Fierce Warriors and we can overcome any adversity. Listen to your heart, follow your truth, fill your soul with courage and you will find the strength to live your dreams… COURAGE MY LOVE!

monday motivation

winter storm in NYC | personal photograph, kindly credit this site if used

Today’s post was inspired by my dear friend Mary Catherine and by new beginnings.  She left yesterday to begin a new adventure in New York City, and while I could not be happier for her, it is also very bittersweet to think I won’t be able to run down the street for a chat and a glass of wine, call her up for impromptu dance session, or meet at our favorite coffee shop on Wednesday mornings to catch up. I am so proud of her strength, her drive, and for bravely listening to her heart and following her dreams. As Goethe says, “boldness has a genius and power and magic in it.”  Go forward and be bold sweet friend…You deserve all of the wonderful, magical things that await you in New York.  And as for me, I am already planning my trip to the City to properly celebrate this amazing new chapter in her life!  Wishing you all an inspired Monday full of power, courage and light!