Monday, February 11, 2008

Issue 454 - 5th Anniversary of Waffle

I hope all is well where you are.

This week sees both Valentine's Day and the 5th anniversary of this newsletter.
Let's face it, Valentine's Day is just like any other sodding day as far as my love life is concerned, so I'm going to concentrate on the newsletter's 5th anniversary.

If you've been reading for a long time, thank-you for staying with me.
If you've only just come across me, thank-you for staying.

Over the last 5 years I've been thrilled to have people say how much they enjoy my writing.
I've also had people say when they didn't enjoy issues, which is fine as you know I'm a fan of free speech.

My intention when I started was to write about things I had seen that week, or things happening to me, and put a slant on events, either of goal achievement, self improvement or wealth creation.

I believe that by simply choosing to self improve, and then acting on proven techniques, we can make changes beyond our imagination.

Every 50 issues or so of the newsletter I like to use a piece of writing not written by me.
It was written around 1920 by Max Ehrmann, and it's called Desiderata.
I enjoy reading it everytime, and make no apology for using it a few times, it's been around a year since last time!

I reckon that if you find yourself unhappy, unfulfilled or discontented, the answer could quite easily be in this writing.
You are either doing something it says not to, or not doing something it says you should.

I've been pleased with a lot of my writing, my self improvement book in particular, but this is one piece of writing I wish I'd written.
Enjoy it and let me know what you think...

The Desiderata - Max Ehrmann, circa 1920

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 to 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 and 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 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.


Thanks again for reading, and here's to the next 5 years' of waffle!

'Til next time as ever,
Health & Happiness,
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