I read this poem on a blog that was shared with me today and thought I’d share. I particularly like the last italicized part…
Go placidly amidst 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 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 labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
That is a great reminder / bit of advice.
I had a much, much better day today. I think that was largely in part because my hubzbind was home here today with me. His way of wording things and his viewpoints are such great solace to me. I’m so comforted in knowing that what ever we are faced with that we will face it together in Christ.
This evening we ventured out to Independence Day festivities with my extended family. I enjoyed the opportunity to get out, but this was just one such instance that I started wishing so badly that things were just “normal” — the comfortable normal as I once knew it. But God is always quick to remind me that none of this is about ME. There is something much greater going on here. Nora could never have fulfilled her incredible life purpose as just a “normal” baby. So while things might be physically and emotionally uncomfortable right now, they’re not going to be like this forever. What will be forever are the lives that Nora has touched and changed just by simply being Nora. It’s not completely clear to me right now, but I do believe the universe is unfolding as it should.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36 NIV)
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)