Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 86


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.

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 with your soul.

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

Desiderata - Max Ehrmann - 1927


Naughty or good, I am Thy child.
Paramahansa Yogananda

These ideas are for review today:

(71) Only God's plan for salvation will work.

God's plan for salvation will save me from my perception of this.
This is no exception in God's plan for my salvation. 
Let me perceive this only in the light of God's plan for salvation.

 (72) Holding grievances is an attack on God's plan for salvation.

I am choosing between misperception and salvation as I look on this.
If I see grounds for grievances in this, I will not see the grounds for my salvation. 
This calls for salvation, not attack.

Think on This...

It is not that the daughter has taken judgement against you. You have taken judgement against that which she worships, which she adores. The trouble lieth within self, as it does concerning thy husband. It is within self that ye must find thy answer.
Reading 3457-1


Promise yourself to memorize then actually work at memorizing the Desiderata or a favorite scripture, poem, etc that can and will encourage you to become a better person and give you support, peace, strength, etc through each day.

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