Friday, December 02, 2005

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Did You Forget You Could Fly?
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I don't really have much to add. I think the title says it all.

Having stated that, I'll throw in a few thoughts. I'm sure this happens to many people: getting so caught up in the day to day that we slowly forget ourselves. We forget how magical we can be, how utterly fantastic and beautiful. I think the Desiderata says it best, and so...

(If you're like me, you have seen this hundreds of times at the least. This morning I tried reading it as though I had never before encountered it, and I'll tell you, it really struck me with a simple power)


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 vexatious 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 posession 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 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.

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.


andrea said...

Oh no! Broken link!

andrea said...

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lorna said...

Wonderful quote Aaron. I'm going to pin it up by my desk. I can always rely on you for Soul Food. :o)

Aaron Paquette said...


Thanks, Lorna. And I can always rely on you for inspiration!