Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Desired Things

Desiderata is Latin for "Desired Things". I've read this poem before but recently saw it on a this blog and remember how true it is. It is a great read during this time of upheaval in the world, a bad ecomony in our country and craziness with the holidays. It is good to remember that "With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world." Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Go placidly amidst 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 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 with your soul.

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

Monday, December 12, 2011

Norm's Wayside

Saturday night Rod and Sheila, Renee and Monti and Richard and I ventured out for some Detroit style pizza and a couple of pops at the bar. We went to Norm's Wayside and had a festive and fun evening. It is always great to spend some time with this gang! Thanks for the presents Sheila!

Holiday Show Choir

Lizzie and Abby getting all gussied up for their holiday concert. The Bloomington Jefferson show choir is so impressive! It was my first time attending a real live "GLEE" event and it exceeded my expatations! These girls are outrageously talented and better yet, they are good girls who listen to everything their sweet mama tells them to do!!! hahaha are you reading that girls? The songs of the season really got me in the mood to celebrate Christmas and more importantly, go home and get my tree decorated!

Fun with T

Swim Team 2011-2012

Ice and Sunset

Monday, December 5, 2011

Francis Family Christmas Card

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