To get this all started in the right way I should point out a few basic things about me and what I want to achieve from this blog. Other than mucking about with a few other blog applications online this is my first attempt at putting my thoughts into some sort of order.
I won’t attempt to be the worlds best speller or master of grammar, that’s not the purpose here, so excuse me if my English isn’t perfect. Before you read any of my thoughts you should know that I am not an angry, unhappy person at heart. That bodes well doesn’t it? I am indeed a positive and cheery type, I look at the world with optimism if slightly tinged with skepticism. I write what I feel, and make no apologies for that. I find humor and sadness everywhere, the good and bad are connected with every thought and action we make.
Occasionally I am a touch “deep” but generally speaking I just ramble on, muttering to myself in the hope that whatever topic buzzing inside my head will find its way down my arms, through my fingers and onto the screen before me, thus sucking it away and making room for something else to muse on.
With so much to “blog” about I don’t feel the need to stick to one particular subject, as I prefer to explore whatever happens to be running through my brain at the time. So before I start I would like you to read a poem (of sorts) that I hold dear to me ever since I was a small boy. This was displayed in a frame in the Dads house for many years, and may still be there.
As a child it seemed very old, the calligraphy was very ornate, seemingly medieval to my young eyes. This in itself was a challenge, deciphering the letters in order to understand the words and the meaning. I’m not a new age hippy or deeply spiritual person but the imagery conjured by the words meant a lot to me while growing up, and still do. Maybe I consider it to be a guide of sorts, or a mantra, or just good advice to those who seek to make sense of it all.
– Max Ehrmanna
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 its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.