Soul Mending

Soul Mending

Soul Mending – 16×20 Mixed Media Encaustic

I thought about writing a gratitude post, something talking about all I am thankful for. There is a lot to be thankful for. I am so blessed and am really grateful for everything and everyone in my life.

But these are turbulent times and despite all that I have to be thankful for I have also been feeling a lot of uneasiness lately. Every time I turn on the news it’s bad, always something terrible and tragic. Social media isn’t any better, so much negativity, hate, fear, frustration and sadness. It can be a lot to process and at times feel very overwhelming.

It’s easy to feel helpless at times and although it can be challenging I think it’s important to remember that there is still a lot of good, hope and beauty in the world.

I thought I would share a poem that has really been resonating with me lately, especially the last line.

Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann , 1920

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 to 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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.


Also, if like me you are sick of all the negative news, etc. check out these site for happy, inspiring and hopeful stories.

http://www.today.com/news/good-news
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/

1 comment on “Soul Mending

  1. Thank you for sharing your open thoughts and also this beautiful poem. Each time I read it, a different part speaks to me. It is difficult to remember the good and the beauty when feeling enraged, and yet anger does not solve problems, whereas kindness and love can. Such a lovely reminder, and helpful to me as an artist myself, trying to navigate this changed , and changing, world we live in.

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