Go placidly amidst 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 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 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 with your soul.
With all it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
“Desiderata” is a text which I have held sacred since first reading it in a copy of “Melody Maker” when I was fifteen, The church is St John’s And St Peter’s, in Ladywood, England, where Luke recently performed with the “Central England Ensemble”. The top pic, taken on Luke’s iPhone, seems to have a weird perspective which makes it look like a photo in a doll’s house. Please click on the pics and enjoy.
Photos ©Luke Moloney: 2012.
Having introduced myself, I am, for all that, not using this place with the intent to sell anything. As I live on a disability pension, I know the value of free stuff. (I cannot afford to pay for a site, so thank you WordPress.com for the free site). For now I have to decide whether I will devote to travel, crystal metaphysics, autobiographical material, (for the family), philosophy, East and West, music or art. I am politically active from my bed, and support the 99% of humanity in the transformational shift we are witnessing on Earth. What could I do here that would, in a tiny way, best serve people? As my music is being published elsewhere, it probably won’t be featured very much. Hmmmm. We’ll see.
Born in 1953, I am a composer, instrumentalist and Logic 8 software practitioner. NHS Bereavement Counselor retired. A Philosopher now disabled, bedbound but happy. I have been a Buddhist, martial artist, paramedic, orthopaedic technician, professional artist, civil servant, photographer, and amateur astronomer. I have owned houses, and been homeless. I have been hungry and full. Made enemies, and made friends. The pits, and the peaks. Unable nowadays to leave my bed for more than a few minutes per day. My limited time is employed in reading and musical composition. I had many works performed for the public during my active youth. Having started in classical music as a promising child violinist, I migrated to perform in Folk and Progressive Rock groups, in 1970, playing bass/lead guitars, and flute. I have recently been experimenting with classically themed prog. rock pieces, which I find quite exciting. For all this, and good friends lost, I could not survive on this transforming Earth for long without the 24/7 input I receive from my ever present, loving, intelligent, and fantastically talented family. Love to my wife, son, and dog.