Monday, April 14, 2008

Day 111...not weighing in for at least 10 more days!


A poem...especially for my cyber friends Kim and FATINAH...now maybe you've read this before, but, please, read it again...(yes, it's long, but...hey, that's ok):


You Are A Child of The Universe

You are a child of the universe

no less than the trees and stars; you have a right to be here.

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 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. (this is for FatMom)

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.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. (this is for FATINAH)

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 imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. (for Kim & FATINAH)

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. (for FATINAH)

With all its sham, drudgery,and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be careful. Strive to be happy.

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. Max Ehrmann 1927



In peace,

FatMom

3 comments:

Fatinah said...

thank you!

Jodie said...

That's a beautiful poem. It's actually from a (slightly) longer poem called Desiderata. You can find the full text here: http://www.fleurdelis.com/desiderata.htm

Kim said...

Aw, thank you - I needed to read this today. :)