Something simple and creative today all about ‘Change’
Monday Motivation is back for 2013 and I’m hoping to bring you some quotes and excerpts from different sources, along with an explanation about why they motivate or inspire me.
This week the inspiration is from the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s song Anthem. I have a huge admiration for Mr Cohen, I think his songs are not only beautiful but hold such truth. His song Dance Me Til The End Of Time is one of my all time favourites, with Hallelujah a very close second.
My interpretation of these lyrics is that it is ok not to be ‘perfect’ all the time. To do the best you can with what you have, sometimes it might be broken but your true self will still shine through.
I’d love to hear what they say to you, please leave me a comment below.
white the noise i hear
dark the dreams i see
fast the time it flies
stop i tell it all
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 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.
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.