24 June 2010

Desiderata / To Josh


Josh is having his “graduation” / Summer Concert tonight.  My boy is graduating from K3.  At this stage, despite the many things I want to say to him, things that he probably would not understand now, I would probably just reach out, give him a mighty hug, kiss him, tell him that I love him, and hug him again.  Plenty of time later for this:

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.

I could probably slip this into his lunch box. Too long?  Hmmm, maybe one line per day… and then he will have to piece the whole thing together.  Over 48 days of school.  At five days a week, it will take him over two months to complete all the lines.  And then I will probably have to be prepared to answer and discuss and explain.  

I get carried away sometimes.


jen@odbt said...

Congrats Josh! Those are beautiful words and I love the idea of giving him a line a day to digest.

jen@odbt said...

Congrats Josh! Love the words and think a line a day is a great way for him to take it all in.

RoseBelle said...

Beautiful poem. The kids don't have summer break in HK? My kids are on a two and a half break. School starts in mid August.

I like your approach in teaching Josh about grace and happiness. I think giving him a line a day is perfect to instill values in him one day at a time.

Muthering Heights said...

Awww, not at all! I think he would enjoy that. :)

Alicia said...

Words to live by, eh? I think that was great!

And he's darling!!!!

Wanda said...

Yes you do - and it's one of my favorite things about you girl.

I love this poem - I'd forgotten about it. I used to have a poster of it on my wall as a teenager.

Congrats to the grad!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That is beautiful. Now, K3...does that mean he'll be going into what is considered 1st grade? Will he be in school all day?

I say, "Tuck it in his lunch box, line by line".

Serline said...

Mu hubby remembers this from high school, vaguely; you might want to revisit these with Josh again in a few years time ;-)

The Empress said...

I almost forgot about that!! I had Desiderata up on my wall when I was in the 8th grade!

Reading it always made me feel so peaceful...

blueviolet said...

You are so funny! You could print it out and put it on his wall for him. :)

Lindy said...

"Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth."

I love that line.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Congrats to the graduate! (And maybe you could just say that one for high school graduation, hmm?)

Kasie said...

your blurp at the end cracked me up. :)
Congrats on graduating little man.
He's such a cutie.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Congrats Josh! Take some tissue. If you're anything like me you'll need it.

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

A big congrats to your sweet Josh. That is a beautiful poem. Put it in his baby box with a copy of this blog post. So he can know everything you felt on this day when he gets old enough to look back on all his childhood accomplishments.

MollyinMinn said...

That's a beautiful poem. And yeah, you're right...might be a bit much. But let me tell you, if he can read that in his lunchbox, your kid has some mad skills!

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