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Desiderata

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 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 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 its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

Mi hermano nos visita

My brother has come to visit us for a few weeks in Tenerife for his ‘Summer break’ from pursuing his goals. He’s much younger than I am so I have always felt very protective of him. The last time I saw him was a month before we moved to Tenerife. It’s strange when you have a sibling who grows up away from you because we both grow and become different people when we are apart. It makes the reunions that much more interesting.

I always look forward to seeing Ru because we inevitably catch up about life and family. It’s funny because these conversations always show how much has happened to either one of us as we projecct our recent experiences on everything. The thing about siblings is that they are the only people who understand what it’s like to grow up in your family. They are cut from the same cloth.

Ru’s visit is his first to Spain and to Tenerife. That means all the key tourist stops and a couple of  brand new activities coming up in the next few weeks. Along with the joys and frustrations of living with a teenage boy for a few weeks. The dormant mother in me is fully awake when he comes round but I have to let him be himself now.

Lunch with Ru and Nick

So a little bit of leisure and adventure with my brother to look forward to. The second wave of house guests has official begun!

Be good or be good at it!
Rumbie xo