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“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and the people who create it . . . when you surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. . . when you love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is too short to be anything but happy.”

Author unknown

 

A Happy Story

Look in each picture as the cat makes his way down from the roof to the dog. Then check the explanation at the end.
A Happy Story

The story behind these pictures:

Every day – at the same time – she waits for him. Sometimes she barks to call him. He comes; they rub and greet each other and they go for a walk. They have done this for 5 years. They don’t belong to the same owners. The owners didn’t know this was happening until neighbors, seeing them together so frequently, commented to the cat’s owner, who then followed the dog home and discovered it was a distance away, not in a house close by or next door. How it started no one knows.

This is what friends are – always there, no words needed, who just intuitively recognize the value of each other in their lives and act accordingly.

 

Thank you to my good friend George Drew who shared this story.

 

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I have read this poem many times before, yet I realize it always has meaning for me. Perhaps it’s time for you to read it again, too…

Desiderata

Deserata

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 vexations 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.

Some interesting facts about this remarkable and popular poem:

  • Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927.
  • Was found by Adlai Stevenson’s death bed in 1965. He was going to use it in his Christmas cards.
  • Known as “Spock’s Thoughts”, Leonard Nimoy quoted it in his 1968 albums.
  • Was on the Top 10 music charts throughout the world – recorded by Les Crane in 1972
  • Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau quoted the Desiderata while reassuring the nation that “the universe is unfolding as it should.”
  • In 2012, Morgan Freeman was interviewed by Oprah and expressed how deeply the poem had shaped his life.

 

 

Thank you to my friend Barry Ackerman for sharing this.

 

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