Addendum November 2007

As is my tradition in writing these newsletters,
this month we try to mix some levity
into the soup of our meanderings.  

Humor has a way of softening
the worst blows life can throw at us.  
And once laughter finds us,
no matter how difficult our circumstances,
we find that we can survive.  

November is a time of feasting,
always grateful for another year’s bounty.
Having some fun is just the medicine we need.

     “A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  
                                                  Henry Ward Beecher

     “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask,
'Where have I gone wrong?'  
Then a voice says to me,
‘This is going to take more than one night.’”
                                                             Charles M. Schulz  (Charlie Brown)

     “Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill
and a laxative on the same night.”
                      D. Barry
“To see a world in a grain of sand
      Or heaven in a wild flower
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand
      Or eternity in an hour.”
                                  William Blake

Desiderata—17th century

     Go quietly 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;
listen to others,even the dull;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
for they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others
you may become bitter or vain,
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.

     Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of 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,
     Be at peace with your soul.
     With all its shame, drudgery,
and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

     Be careful.  Strive to be happy.