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Nobody can deny the power of words! Sometimes you come across a read so good, you just can’t help but share it with the people you love.
As a reader, I’m always looking for a good read. With the internet, there is an unlimited amount of reading materials, but only a few are worth an investment – and this has to be one of them. This beautiful poem written by Max Ehrman is one the best you’ll ever read. It’s an impacting assimilation of words that are sure to move you. It is titled Desiderata, meaning something needed or wanted! What are your thoughts? Read the poem below.
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 its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” ~ Brené Brown
THE THIRST FOR DEEP CONNECTIONS
With every day that passes by, I feel my thirst for deep connections and meaningful relationships get stronger and stronger.
I just can’t!
In fact, if I think about it, meaningless interactions were never my thing.
Even when I was a little kid, I just couldn’t understand why the majority of people were only talking for the sake of talking.
It all seemed pointless to me. (It still does.)
I wanted people to be true and honest. I wanted them to open their hearts and show each other the Truth of who they were.
But they rarely did.
“I do not waste my words on tired minds.I can only talk to those who are thirsty for the sea.” ~ Rumi
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brené Brown
The truth of the matter is that we all long to connect with the world around us in a soulful and truthful way. We all crave for deep connections.
But unfortunately, because so many of us have fallen into the trap of identifying ourselves with what we Do externally, we can no longer See each other for who we Are internally.
“I am a human being, not a human doing. Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
This is the story of humanity.
We go around wearing all kind of masks and costumes, pretending we are one with them. And when the time comes for us to See and Honor one another, we no longer can – our masks keep us from doing so.
“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.” ~ Alan Moore
We are such pure, noble, and sacred beings.
We really are!
But the majority of us don’t know this to be true.
We really don’t.
But through pain, heartbreak, and a lot of suffering, we will all eventually discover that there is a great deal of love within our hearts wanting to be felt, and waiting to be shared.
“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” ~ Mother Teresa
“You have so little faith in yourself because you are unwilling to accept the fact that perfect love is in you, and so you seek without for what you cannot find within.” ~ A Course In Miracles
If we want to be Seen, Loved, and Heard by others, and if we want to create deep connections and meaningful relationships with those around us, we must first learn to open our own hearts.
We can’t walk around with our hearts closed and expect to feel deeply loved.
We just can’t!
Just as to be loved by others, we must first learn to love ourselves, in the same way, to connect more deeply with others we must first learn to connect more deeply with ourselves.
And we do this by forgiving all those parts of us we once thought were wrong, shameful, flawed, and unworthy.
We do this by taking time to heal the parts of us that are still in need of healing and by letting go of any past hurt, guilt, and fear we might be holding onto.
We connect more deeply with ourselves and the world around us by forgiving all those people who did us harm. And also by giving ourselves permission to be all that life created us to be – no longer begging, no longer doubting, and no longer labeling ourselves as unworthy, small, and never enough.
Because you my friend, are already enough – always have been and always will be.
“Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou
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