Posted by: bravo22c | 10/04/2010

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

This place is not the real world. Leave the trolls, the multi-ids and the spoilers on their own. Do not engage with them. Suffer them to speak freely, and let their insults and abuse pass you by – they affect you not in the slightest.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your opinion quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Let them tell it, then ignore it, most of the time. Should there be anything of value amongst the dross, consider it, otherwise, leave them be in their own circumscribed ignorance and vanity. Remember that good manners are the oil which eases the friction of everyday life.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

Cultivate the habit of equanimity. This place is but a passing moment in the great scheme of things. There are those here who have much to tell that is worthwhile, engage with them and leave the others to their own smug and self-satisfied posturing

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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.

Flame wars in this place are futile. Let an insult pass and you demonstrate your maturity and civility. Wasting valuable time on tit-for-tat exchanges of ‘Oh yes you did, Oh no I didn’t’ has about as much purpose as herding cats.

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.

Substitute ‘blogging’ for business and be careful what you say. Virtue is often evident in this place – concentrate on that and let the rest lie where it falls, forgotten and ignored while honest debate takes wing.

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.

Be yourself indeed, and let those whose strange or petty need to disguise themselves in many identities in a vain effort to increase the currency of their twisted and bitter views marinade in their own bile.

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.

Many of us here, like time honoured John of Gaunt, can consider with less rancour the passing fads of evanescent fashion – in whatever sphere – and remember that ‘ …. gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite the man that mocks at it and sets it light.’

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.

Remember that ‘wholesome discipline.’ Be harder on yourself than on others. Be prepared to back what you say with reason. Just because you say it, doesn’t make it so.

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 in your soul.

Yes, well, the poetic muse fails me at this point.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Remember that most things are only spoilt if you allow it to be so. What passes here is mere fly-by-night musing, unless there appears the occasional thought to make your visits worthwhile. Think ,before you take offence, of what meaning the words on this page will have for you in a twelve-month, or in ten years time. Here we live in a place of as little import as a butterfly’s dream and, meanwhile, what is, is.



With apologies to Max Ehrmann, who wrote this in the 1920’s

http://www.fleurdelis.com/desidera.htm

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