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.
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.
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.
Strive to be happy.