MCS Help Site – multiple chemical sensitivity information, non toxic product sources, and my experiences with MCS.

MCS Help Site – multiple chemical sensitivity information, non toxic product sources, and my experiences with MCS..

Love Bade Me Welcome

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin. But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in, Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack’d anything. A guest, I answered, worthy to be here: Love said, You shall be he. I, the unkind, ungratefull? Ah my dear, I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, Who made the eyes but I?
Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, said Love, who bore the blame? My dear, then I will serve. You must sit down, said Love, and taste the meat: So I did sit and eat.

George Herbert (1593–1633)

Desiderata

 

 

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.

Max Ehrmann

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.