"Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection."
Being pretentious doesn't cut it. I am what I am. I don't have to be apologetic about it.
"Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass."
Genuine love, however precious, still exists. When it comes into my life, whether in the form of family, friends, or lovers, I embrace it wholeheartedly.
"Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth."
I have already done a lot of things in my life. My dues are paid and my worth proven. Now, it's time to sit back and relax.
"Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune."
I build and strengthen myself up because at the end of the day, I can be the only one who I can truly rely own.
"But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness."
Worries and anxieties are floating cobwebs in the mind. They hinder me in seeing what really needs to be done. Everything is temporal in in life. They will all pass. Problems included.
"Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself."
Being harsh and overly critical with one's self is chips away at self-esteem. Gentle always does the trick.
"You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here."
I am assured that no matter what, I have a place under the sun. The thought give me immense comfort.
"And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
Things have a funny way of falling into place. Whether I like it or not, it is as it should be.
"Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be."
Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem.
"And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. "
Peace with myself, peace with others, are always oases in times of turbulence. That is why I put much value in it.
"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world."
I know. I only have to truly clear my sight to appreciate life and be grateful for it.
"Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."