Yesterday was my birthday. I am now of an age that according to my husband doesn’t exist as a number. On Friday I was 38, and next year I will be 40. Right now my age is officially ‘nearly 40’.
I am in my final year of my thirties and heading towards a big milestone birthday, that quite frankly doesn’t seem right at all. I’m sure there has been a mistake somewhere. I can’t really be nearly 40. This is the part where you tell me I look loads younger (comments section is at the bottom).
To celebrate and try and come to terms with the next milestone I will be sharing a post each month about the things that I have learnt, and the things that matter to me, and maybe a few of my more embarrassing experiences, from my 39 years life experience.
In this first instalment I get a philosophical about the power of words and how a few quotes and poems have inspired me throughout my 39 years and helped me through some difficult times. These are the inspirational words that hold significance in my life.
The Serenity Prayer
The wisdom of the serenity prayer can see you through any situation.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
These words have helped me to make changes when I was unhappy and given me the kick up the arse I needed to make a change. Whether it was trying to feel better about myself, or changing jobs because I was constantly complaining about the one I had. They have also offered me comfort in times where I have felt worried or powerless. It has helped me to stop dwelling on things that I have no control over. I don’t think you need to be a religious person to know that the prayer makes a lot of sense.
Reason, Season or Lifetime
It took me a long time to accept that friendships change over time. I’ve found it incredibly hard when friendships have ended for whatever reason to accept it and not analyse what it was that I did, or didn’t do. This philosophy has helped me to accept changing friendships and appreciate them more. Whether these people are in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime, they are all valuable friendships that have a huge impact on our lives.
This poem by Max Ehrmann has been always been a part of my life. It was a framed print at my Nan and Grandad’s house when I was growing up. It was a reading at my Nan’s funeral. The poem means a lot to me, and the older (and possibly wiser) I get, the more I understand it.
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.
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.
Strive to be happy.
Do you have any inspirational words that hold special significance for you?
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