Create Your Day - Mountains and Forest

Striving to Be Happy

“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 term with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they 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 greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievement as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your 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 to 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 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.

…whatever your 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.”

—Max Ehrmann, Desideratata

As you let this permeate, think about your Triad: When you are at peace with your world how do you present yourself? When you focus on kindness how do you respond to others? When you speak kind words to yourself how do you speak to others? Remember you can’t control it all but you can control YOU!