Looking In….

A/N: I actually am not a fan of writing “About Me” stuff. But I guess that the point is to give people an idea of who I am since they are reading my blog.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

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.

This is my piece of poetry ever! I perceive it to be honest and full of hope and good wishes to the world. But more importantly, because it reflects how I want to live my life. It speaks of how I want to exist in this world.

Things haven’t always been easy for me, and things can still get pretty tough sometimes, but I am amazed that I made it this far in my life. I was very sad and depressed before, with no hope in the world, and I thought that I would be nothing in the future. But now, the future that I was afraid of has come and I am here, alive and full of hope. It is a truly wonderful feeling to be proven wrong this time. I am happy to be what and who I am now.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t seek for improvement and eventually, excellence. Note that I said excellence and not perfection. There is no such thing as perfect but excellence can certainly be achieved. It is really hard especially since I am big procrastinator. But I am trying sooooo darn hard to change this. Putting off things has never done anyone any good. If I can do something today, then why put it off for tomorrow?

If you look back at the poem, I emboldened the last three paragraphs. They reflect my state of mind as I go through life.

I am more into spirituality than religiosity. I come from a Roman Catholic family and was once a devout Christian. I say “a once devout Christian” because I have realized that even if the religion I was born into promises so much, I just needed something else. I didn’t deviate because I wanted to make things hard for me; I just wanted to find my own path of enlightenment. So I went to Wicca, Buddhism and Hinduism. There is a certain mysticism in them and somehow they suited me just fine. These days, I do not follow any specific spiritual path. But again:

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.

Things don’t really have to be complicated because I believe that in the end, we are all just looking for happiness.

In this blog, I will try to be more heartfelt and truthful in the things I write about. I used to have pretentious goals about this whole thing like being known and all that but I guess that’s not what I really want. I realized that I just want to share to whoever will stumble upon my corner in the World Wide Web things that truly interest me or move me, things that touch my heart in whatever way, and things that are of importance to me. My thoughts and opinions are as good as everyone else’s. I am as good as anyone else.

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