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Saturday, August 14, 2010

BEING ALONE WHILE IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS ?????


Well it has been a while since I have written - I haven't stopped reading all your posts though. Sometimes I just prefer to read and listen rather than speak.

Today I wish to speak. Below is a link to a blog I follow and today Rhonda posted a poem/video clip. Could I recommned that you take the time right now to click on the link below and take a look.

Down To Earth

When I was younger I always seemed to have friends around. I still do enjoy good company but more and more I just enjoy being alone. I listened to this wonderful poem and realised though that I tend to like being alone while alone. I do shop alone. I actually really enjoy doing my groceries and going to the markets on my own. I take my time and just enjoy it being me. But I am very rarely alone while in the company of others.

After listening to this poem what do you think?

Cheers,
Wendy

5 comments:

  1. It's great isn't it? Tomorrow I have another great one to share. Love, Wendy

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  2. I don't quite get it, probably because I'm used to being on my own, whether in a crowd or alone.
    I struggle to understand why so many people crave to be amongst others, I can find it exhausting.

    Me, I'm a Desiderata girl. I love it, now that's something that speaks to me. I'm thinking I may have missed the whole point of the poem. I have a habit of doing that, missing the point.

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  3. Thats cool Nevyn - I think it is just saying that is is of great benefit to be able to be alone and enjoy ones own company - you are obviously already there to a certain degree. Can you explain what Desiderata is please?
    Cheers, Wendy

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  4. I first came across it when I was 16 and it had a huge impact on me. It struck a chord. The Desiderata was supposedly found on the wall of a church in the 1600's but I've since found out it was a poem written in the 1920's. I prefer to think of it as that verse written by some mysterious person centuries aago. Given what the world was like then there is a certain profoundness to it.

    Hope you like it.

    -- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --
    Not "Found in Old St. Paul's Church"! -- see below

    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 to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
    they are vexatious 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 in your soul.


    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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