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Desiderata ••• (Max Ehrmann) Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for there will always 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 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, whatever your labours 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 careful. Strive to be happy. The more you give, the more you get, The more you laugh, the less you fret, The more you do unselfishly, The more you live abundantly… The more of everything you share The more you’ll always have to spare – The more you love the more you’ll find from day to day that life is good and friends are kind….. For only what we give away, enriches us. What is love? ••• (Anon) 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 ignorant, they too have their story. Give Lavishly! Love Abundantly! Love is Giving •••• Love is giving, not taking, mending, not breaking, trusting, believing never deceiving, patiently bearing and faithfully sharing each joy, every sorrow, today and tomorrow. Love is kind, understanding but never demanding. Love is constant, prevailing, it’s strength never failing. A promise once spoken for all time unbroken, A lifetime together, Love’s time is for ever. Where there is Love ••• (Helen Steiner-Rice) Where there is love The heart is light, Where there is love The day is bright, Where there is love There is a song To help when things Are going wrong. Where there is love There is a smile To make all things Seem more worthwhile. Where there is love There’s quiet peace, A tranquil place – Love changes darkness Into light And makes the heart Take ‘wingless flight’. Oh, blest are they Who walk in love. ••• Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all. 16