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 the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from 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 be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and 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.
I really shouldn’t be blogging right now as I have decided to completely go cold turkey with all social media or anything remotely affiliated with the internet. I had to share this picture above as it reminds me of a place in the city and neighbourhood that raised me. I took this picture when I was dealing with a lot back when I still had baby fat. The quote on the board is from a poem called Desiderata by the very talented American writer Max Ehrmann in 1927.
Anywho, to get right to the reason I decided to go against my self imposed media blackout, I was thinking and realised just how much we complicate life. There was a time I used to frequent this once hidden place in Greystone Park Harare and would be overwhelmed with a sense of calm. No matter what life throws at you, there is always a way out. As I continue my valiant journey to ultimately believe in my decision making process, I urge you all to tap into that inner voice and groom it so it gets louder and clearer.
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the GENUINE in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” -Howard Thurman
Over n’ Out…