With the new year beginning, a number of thoughts have been spinning around in my head.
Several were sparked by a Christmas greeting from my friend Tim. In his card Tim included a copy of the poem, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann. This poem was written in 1927 but did not become popular until the mid-1960’s. It’s a beautiful poem that many have chosen to use as a guide to living a good life. While the entire poem is indeed wonderful, following are a few lines of that poem that I especially like .
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than 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.
And from the last paragraph, these words:
Be at peace with God…. keep peace with your soul… strive to be happy.
Simple words but packed with intelligence and gentle encouragement!
Another stream of thought was inspired by a song that I recently heard and loved when I was a teenager. It is by the duo Seals and Crofts, from their album, Diamond Girl, and is titled, “We May Never Pass This Way Again.” The song has special meaning for me for I knew at a young age how fleeting life could be. One of my favorite phrases is this one:
I wanna laugh while the laughin’ is easy. I wanna cry if it makes it worthwhile. We may never pass this way again, that’s why I want it with you. ‘Cause, you make me feel like I’m more than a friend. Like I’m the journey and you’re the journey’s end. We may never pass this way again, that’s why I want it with you.
Then there were Woody Guthrie’s “New Years Rulin’s” that I saw posted offering delightful suggestions/resolutions for the New Year. Among my favorites, #5 Take Bath, #15 Learn People Better, #19 Keep Hoping Machine Running, and #31 Love Everybody. These works seem to offer sage advice for the new year and anytime for that matter. Something along the lines of this: Be a good person. Try to be happy. Spend time with people you love… and let them know that you love them.
On New Year’s Eve morning I called a friend who’d I had heard was sick and learned that she is getting better…. but still is facing challenges. And while we did not have time for a real visit, I was able to bring her a quiche… filled with love and good wishes for the year to come. And I extend those same wishes to you all. Happy 2014!
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone