“Some express an emotion, visually through paint and brush on a canvas, Painting. Some carve out a feeling on a piece of rock, assign character and breathe life into it, Sculpture. Some strum strings, massage keys humming a melody of pain, loneliness, inspiration, hope, joy and love, Music. Some capture a flash fleeting moment along with all the feelings and emotions evoked at a particular moment in time, pause it and store it forever, Photography. I do all of the above in words and call it Poetry.” ~ Takwana Nhamo
“Once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the
earth with your eyes turned
skyward, for there you have
been, and there you will
always long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Through Life’s peaks and valleys, here is a piece by Max Ehrmann that always gives me a different perspective on the myriad situations I find myself in, it reminds me that life is beautiful. I hope it will also help you uplift and inspire your soul to see the beauty in life.
The Desiderata ~ Desired Things
“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 labours 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 American Writer, Poet, and Attorney; September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945
Don’t be afraid.
To the blacks, browns, reds and yellows periwinkles teals and fuchsias, if you want to be in advertising, there is one thing to remember.
Don’t be afraid.
Of hard work, rejection, racism, responsibility, sexism.
Don’t be afraid of being the only one in the room.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, find answers.
Listen, Hear, Trust.
Don’t be afraid to follow.
Don’t be afraid to lead.
Don’t be afraid to learn, to grow, to mature, to change
Don’t be afraid to try, to fail, to try again, fail again, try again and fail again.
Past thought living in the future
Reminiscing on joys of past time
Aching pain because we can’t re-live them
Fond memories the only way to relive it
Pray for at least a moment to go back into time
Impossible so we try to create a semblance of yesteryear joy in the present time
For a moment I’m okay I feel fine
Because we all have the picture
A flash frozen moment when we were still together
Preserved, tucked in forever
But its made misty by all these years
A distant whisper of your voice makes it a bit refined
Suddenly your spiritual presence becomes more defined
I swear I see life in your eyes in that picture
I promise I can smell your Brut scent, that fragrance u wore, that you wear
Then it becomes crystal clear
You never left you still here
Living in the past, present & future.
R.I.P Dad We Love You! We will never forget
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