If You Want To….

We are going through a new shift all around the planet—saying good bye to 2013 and hello to 2014.

I have noticed that not everyone aligns with  the value of setting goals for the new year. If you are one who dislikes setting goals, that is who you are; be kind to yourself. You are not a lesser person. Do what works for you.

But if you want to grow in 2014, consider the lyrics of a famous poem and a song, Desiderata. So here is something to consider if you want to set goals for 2014.

–If you want to have more peace and be placid…

–If you want to be on good terms with others….

–If you want to speak the truth quietly…

–If you want to be a better listener…

–If you want to avoid people who drain you…

–If you want to stop comparing and competing..

–If you want to enjoy your achievements…

–If you want to stay humble…

—If you want to do well in business…

—If you want to be your authentic self…

—If you want to believe in love…

—If you want to age gracefully…

—If you want to have less fear…

—If you want to become better at managing misfortune…

–If you want to stop fretting over things beyond your control…

—If you want to keep peace with your soul…

—If you want to be cheerful and happy…

Then listen to this song and remember the lyrics.

I plan to review this at least once every second day in the coming year. If I can grow at being better at living life as described above then it will be worth it. Happy 2014.

DESIDERATA

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 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 vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and 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 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, “Desiderata”

 

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2013-12-31T23:52:50+00:00 December 31st, 2013|General|

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