It’s been a hell of a year for everyone it seems, on a personal and global level. And it seems the global things throw shadow on the personal ones so it’s hard not to feel there’s a big black cloud looming over your shoulder day in, day out. But we’ve got to focus on the positive, the creativity, the passion and the love in our lives…
[ezcol_1half]At our Christmas Eve drinks, a dear friend’s mother reminded me of The Desiderata – a sort of philosophical poem of universal wisdom – a best teenage friend once shared with me, and which I devoured like a parched person. It’s always made me feel certain about how to be and good about being able to do those things. I do believe being kind and honest is always the way forward and I think an extra special focus this year will be needed on tolerance and inclusivity, values I hold dear and which form a central tenant of my beliefs and morals.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]My plans for this year will focus on more of the same. I’m obsessed as ever with taking photos and sharing digitally – I love discovering and supporting small new businesses; the stunning shoes I’m wearing are by just launched Anita Flavina and the beautiful dress is by also the new Rewritten, both brands with strong, passionate and capable women behind them making their dreams come true. A big hug and a smile… and a Happy New Year to you all! Oh, and I may have another attempt at You Tube up my sleeve, so stay tuned! [/ezcol_1half_end]
THE DESIDERATA OF HAPPINESS
Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or 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 in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy
Max Erhmann, 1927