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Desiderata. Thursday June 30, 2016

This reading both comforted and inspired me as a moody teen and its words have shaped my adult life. It was hung in my mum's room beside her dressing table where I would dry my hair and just BE unhappy because it was Sunday. It speaks such great stuff. I thought it might be a good time to refresh those who already know it and show it to those who don't:

"Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

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

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 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." Max Ehrmann, 1927

Love from

The room above the garage
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Hopeful One Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 6:54am

Hi RATG- thanks for that. I did wonder where you had gone. It is indeed a good reminder of the good things around us and yes it is a beautiful world full of wonders.

My own favourite is 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. Indeed the foundation behind the Joke Squadron has adopted it as its Code of Conduct. Whenever I am troubled by anything I simply recite it in my mind(I know it by heart) and nearly always find an answer,solution or a way forward for my problem.I would be grateful though if someone could explain to me what he meant by the last line of the last verse?

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With 60 seconds of distance run
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it
And -which is more- you will be a Man, my son!"

Here is the winner of the Stella Awards

1st Place: This year's runaway winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, (from an OU football game), having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back & make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mrs.Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising her in the owner's manual that she couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons around.

the room above the garage Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:01am

Hello HO, we need coffee and a catch up :-) I think the last line simply means if you can meet the lines of the poem you will be a good and whole person. The line "if you can meet triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters the same..." is my own favourite. Love ratg xx.

Tutti Frutti Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:58am

Hi HO I think you have to just remember that Rudyard Kipling is of his time and place, ie he grew up in Victorian India. Wikipedia tells me that "If" was written in 1910. So there would have been lots of noble ideas about what manliness entailed back then. Basically I agree that RATG has the underlying meaning of that line correct. NB I am definitely no expert on literature but this is the sort of thing my Dad tends to say and he was an English teacher (now retired).

Hopeful One Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 4:27pm

Hi RATG and TF- thanks for the clarification . I had taken it to mean man as in Homo Sapien I e one qualified to be a member of that species .And yes Gardner I think it applies to the fair sex as well .

LillyPet Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 7:56am

Morning ratg,
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of wisdom.
The timing couldnt be more perfect as my line manager is once again quite deliberately undermining my confidence and I have decided to find a positive way of responding today. Thank you so much. Love Pxx

the room above the garage Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:02am

I'm glad has helped me many times. I hope your day works, put yourself inside the bubble and nothing can touch you xx.

the room above the garage Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:02am

I'm glad has helped me many times. I hope your day works, put yourself inside the bubble and nothing can touch you xx.

the room above the garage Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:02am

I'm glad has helped me many times. I hope your day works, put yourself inside the bubble and nothing can touch you xx.

Tutti Frutti Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 9:00am

Best wishes for your day LilyPet. TF XOXO

Norman Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:49am

Hi LP! Sorry to hear that your work troubles continue. My employer eventually came to a settlement to avoid a tribunal. Keep a record of all the bullying incidents. And "nils illegitemi carborundum!" (Don't let the bastards grind you down!"

Lexi Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 3:08pm

I've never seen that in Latin Norman but i use that phrase all the time! LP - hang on and stay positive! xo

Jul Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 3:23pm

Here here Norman in response to keeping a record of all the bullying incidents. I was told by my union and eventually my lawyer that I should have done that when I was going through turmoil at work. I would urge you LP to start now if you haven't already. It's never too late to note down dates and a brief summary of what happened. I am so sorry your work problems continue but you can do something about it once you start a record. Good words Norman. Jul xx

LillyPet Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:21pm

Thanks all of you lovely people. I was at a and e with son in his 20s the night before last, didnt get to bed until almost dawn. He's ok, just needed to get checked and it took 5 hours. So although I felt more anxious and low than in a long time, it's worse with lack of sleep. I spoke to a kind collegue which was reassuring. I messaged a friend who understood. I noted it all down and dated it. I sent a simple professional and positive email stating my position and it seems to have been accepted. Such a pity as Ive been doing so well personally and at work. I swear I must be allergic to the woman! Anyway the job its self is great, but very busy at the moment. feeling a bit overwhelmed by too much to do. Must get some sleep. Thanks again. Still determined to get back on track. Hugs to all. LP xxx

S Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:34am

Thank you RATG, had never read this before. I am ashamed of how I compare myself to others. I really liked 'Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself' - this gives the idea of balance - an idea of relax not collapse and speaks of strength to carry on the little things when down- that is today's aim. Sx

Tutti Frutti Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 8:47am

RATG Thanks so much. What a wise and wonderful piece of writing which sums up so much of what we need to aim at to stay as well as we can. I hadn't read it before either.
Love TF x

Orangeblossom Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 9:02am

Thanks for this reminder of the Desidarata Ratg. I also like Rudyard Kipling's poem If which was a firm favourite for my favourite uncle & whenever I read it, it always reminds me of him. He had a very positive impact on my life.

Lou Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 10:39am

There is an awful lot in this that is both wise and calming. I shall put it to one side and read it again a few times. Much food for thought. Thank you for sharing.


The Gardener Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:00am

'Go placidly amongst the noise and haste'. Never did I need such words as this morning. Nurse should come at 8.30, taxi for respite at 9.15. No nurse - so much happening here she could not park. She is quite young, and was most distressed when she got here and found Mr G (unwashed but dressed) having breakfast. You cannot hurry Alzheimers victims, otherwise nervous breakdowns all round. His third talking watch is kaput - order another straightaway from Amazon - would be here yesterday, they said. Checked its voyage, they say I've ordered nothing for 6 months. Try to order another - said sending two! There were at least 10 things claiming my attention - so I said firmly 'go placidly' hare and tortoise stuff. Plants to plant, rest of posters for music festival. Every time I poke my head out of the door it rains. Doing the unthinkable, having a Kir and a biscuit before noon! In order to cope with noise and haste of shopping for goodies for UK and making sure I look nice for a 'do' at respite this afternoon. In control, feeling smug, then the 'coup de grace'.I leave for Cherbourg on Saturday morning when the Tour de France starts 5 km up the road, at the Mont St Michel. Thousands of people and maximum security. S 'relax not collapse', with that lot? Kipling's 'If' fits the bill - I know written for a man, but equality rules, OK?

Leah Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:42am

Gardener, I love the poem"If" and feel it applies to both men and women. What is a Kir? Thinking of you.

Frankie Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:46am

"Everywhere life is full of heroism" such as yours dear Gardener - wishing you bon voyage and a good break. Frankie

Frankie Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:46am

"Everywhere life is full of heroism" such as yours dear Gardener - wishing you bon voyage and a good break. Frankie

Leah Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:39am

"...and remember what peace there may be in silence." Ratg Many people have tried to make this my mantra but so far none has succeeded!!
Thanks for the memories.

Frankie Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 11:45am

Morning dear RATG - and thank-you for this reminder - I had the Desiderata poster on my wall when I was a student. Such wisdom. I can't decide which is my favourite bit! Frankie x

Anonymous Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 1:06pm

Thank you for sharing this Ratg. I've been really struggling of late, and this is filled with words of peace that I have tried to live by without ever knowing the peom. It is a beautiful touchstone for a tortured soul!

Lexi Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 3:11pm

Thank you RATG. I love this poem. I haven't heard it in years but it is so timely. Thank you for sharing and hope you have a beautiful day. xo Lexi

Jul Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 3:27pm

Hello ratg. I had never really read this poem but did so today. What words of wisdom eh?! I didn't even know who wrote it. One lives and learns. Thank you so much for reminding us of this. I too hated Sundays. So dull with nothing at all to do! xx

The Gardener Thu, Jun 30th 2016 @ 4:17pm

HO, nobody will now convince me that the Yanks are not a deranged lot. Leah, a Kir was invented by a priest, Canon Kir. Classic is dry white wine mixed 1/7 with blackcurrant juice - also use blackberry, raspberry or peach. The crazy day has just had a bit of pure joy. One of the fantastic girls who run Respite has a small barrel organ - they'd printed out songs and we all sang along. They included 'Greensleeves' for us Brits, went down like a lead balloon against Piaf

Eva Fri, Jul 1st 2016 @ 11:55pm

Piaf is tremendous! Enjoy your respite week.

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