Sunday, April 22, 2012

Go Placidly~

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 & clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull & ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain & bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy you achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing future 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 & disenchantment
it is 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 imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And weather 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 & aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)

I grew up with these words burned onto a wooden plaque that usually hung in our bathroom.  Suiting read for the bathroom if you consider the metaphoric idea of sitting on the throne, a throne we spend a good portion of our lives on.  A place of solitude,  time to think.  Time with self. 

onelovejourney2012, one love journey, jojo williams,
One Love is coming to life, One love is a new beginning for us all, One love is Love

The words have come to be etched into my mind as they were etched on that wooden plaque.  Great words to remember even better words to finally be Living by.  Learning by.  Loving by.  Words I honestly share today as I am learning to practice what I preach today.

Fun in the Sun
After painting till the sun decided to have it's way with us and we came in doors to cool off I sat looking at my artwork and was reminded of the plaque that hung on my wall most of my childhood.  It was today I learned that they were written by Max Ehrmann, my plaque said "found in an old St. Paul's church 1692".  I thought to self "wow, self there was an author to these awesome words" and decided that I wanted to say thank you to Max Ehrmann for writing these profound words of advice that all should live by.

While I sat here going through pictures of our morning painting escapades these words kept ringing in my mind as did the many years I read them.  I thought about all the years I walked on this Journey of life blindly.  

onelovejourney2012, one love journey, jojo williams
Happy Happy Joy Joy

While I read words like these that held secrets to life in them, quoted many profound quotes of others over the years as testimony to how I felt I did so blindly without truly absorbing the meaning and implementing the many meanings into my own thoughts and actions toward self and others, toward our earth, toward creation, toward existence.

I sat thinking and the tears began to stream down my cheeks as I realized where I am today.  Today I walking the walk, today I am getting it.  Today I care, today I seek, today I love, today I face my fears and while I feel lonely at times I never feel that loneliness I felt before.  I never feel that feeling of desperation I felt before.  I never feel alone the way I felt before.  

Today I am happier than I have ever been in my life.  I have very little and have learned I need very little to find true happiness.  I have love for self, god, you, Mr. Marley and our earth in abundance.  That sustains me.  I can honestly say that tomorrow not being promised no longer promotes fear inside of me.  Living in the here and now, being present in the moment and knowing in this moment God stands beside me I no longer fear what may come.  I can honestly say that if tomorrow never comes for me I have no regrets as I am doing what I believe in and my life now has purpose whereas before I only thought I had purpose.  Today my purpose is real and true, before it was superficial and false.

onelovejourney2012, one love journey, jojo williams
New Stella Picture, my little Angel I love you so
I do not know where this journey will lead me but I know one thing to be true, it will take me where I am meant to be and that is fine by me. 

I love you world, I love you brothers and sisters, I love you God's children.  I love you all.

What a great start to a beautiful day, thank you Mr. Marley for making it a super special one.  Thank you all for joining in and thank you Sissy for the great talk.

Thank you Stella for waking me up and showing me myself, you are truly the best of me, thank you for giving me life honey.  I love you every minute of every hour of every day of this life and the next.

I love you from a place of happiness in the here and now.

One Love 
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