The First Brush…

A new slate… the first brush against canvas, writing the first words on a completely clean piece of paper, or digital text box is often challenging because it’s that first purposeful step into the unknown.

Creating, composing, or writing anything is an emotional journey. If you’ve ever written anything of importance to share with someone, I believe you’ll agree that it feels very intimate when you pour your thoughts onto your canvas of choice.

That little tug of uncertainty can be quite strong before your fingers gather the confidence to start moving, and registering what your brain is offering from it’s zone of creativity.

The slight hesitation before the sentences start to form can be frightening, and also exhilarating. Quite like the emotions which run through your entire body the first time you make love… and then it becomes a relationship with all that it brings.

Because I’m entering into a new awkward love affair with this blog, I wanted my first entry on this particular canvas to be a lasting reference point that will serve as a timeless reminder of where I was in my beliefs when the journey into writing it began.

I’ve decided to start with a poem that has always inspired me to rise above adversity, appreciate where I am in life, and to be grateful for what I do have.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and find inspiration in the wise words of  Max Ehrmann.

Live With Gratitude ~Karen Laws.


Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”)

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 vexatious 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

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