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Daily Prompt: Jeopardize

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There’s a reason we can’t look away when we are looking for answers. We seek signs where none exist. We seek direction from those who were once lost. There’s always someone who has it better, and worse.

Desiderata.

“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 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 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.

Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata“.[1]

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Can’t look away from the train wreck if we are on board.

#for Reticent Mental Property. Images courtesy of the web. Daily Prompt participant. August 22, 2016.

 

11 comments on “Daily Prompt: Jeopardize

  1. Cinn
    August 22, 2016

    “Can’t look away from the train wreck if we are on board ”

    Love that!! Funny but oh so painfully true too

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  2. Marty
    August 22, 2016

    But if you get on the same train a second time, you need to work on your learning skills

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  3. distantshipsmoke
    August 23, 2016

    “gracefully surrendering the things of youth” .. the council of the years are sometimes not that kindly.

    You have found very wise words to live by ….DSS

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    • Ret MP
      August 23, 2016

      I read these words most every day in my youth. This poem hung on the wall of the eat-in kitchen. I’d read it over and over and over – when everyone was saying the meal prayer; when arguments began; when I had nothing to say that my parents really wanted to hear.
      They followed me my whole life. I wanted it read at my wedding. I found a copy and put it in the children’s bathroom. I’ve given copies of it away to friends. It seems to find me, as it did when I wrote this post.

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      • distantshipsmoke
        August 23, 2016

        I loved reading this and it sounded so familiar. Yes!, it was actually popular in the late 60’s. Even by Leonard Nimoy and I just found it! We are not alone.

        https://ridlerville.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/desiderata-via-mr-spock/

        so cool!

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        • Ret MP
          August 23, 2016

          Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea that this piece was unknown by so many. Humble, low income- my family had little, my parents were simple people, deeply flawed, limited in so many ways- yet this was on our wall ? And you find it, albeit adjusted, and it comes full circle back to me. Amazed. I’m so grateful for how it continues to guide. Thank you for pulling it out of your years, and giving it to me in new context. Hugs- Ret

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  4. Mr Modigliani
    August 23, 2016

    You are a good and wise woman and I know that your values and beliefs are quite consistent with this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ret MP
      August 23, 2016

      Thank You M., this piece offers so much comfort, direction, and encouragement to move forward, be one’s best self despite things we cannot control and things we believe we control.

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  5. The Muscleheaded Blog
    August 25, 2016

    A great post– I love the Dalai Lama’s quote especially.

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    • Ret MP
      August 25, 2016

      I recently added Listen to the Dalai Lama (in person) to my Living List.

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