“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.”
Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
For years I have been drinking in the words of Max Ehrmann. “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” I was given this poem as a child. At first it was easy to follow, but of course, I got older and things got complicated.
My first love. Tall. Broad shouldered. Handsome. The color of honey. His teenage affection brought heartache. I went from this milestone to a right of passage.
A dorm room. Occupied on arrival, or empty? Empty. Would I like my roommates? Yes, and we were complicated women. I am still learning lessons from dating and these friendships. Mainly, to pace myself.
When I need strength and direction, Desiderata is sustenance. It guided me beyond seeking peace to assurance that life is unfolding as it should.
While running this race called life, when have you needed strength and direction, and where do you draw your sustenance from?