‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Mourning’ America!
Whichever It Is For You. Life Goes On!
The Establishment Got What It Deserved on Election Day.
The American People, I’m Concerned, Did Not.
Time Will Tell.
But as We All Crawl Out from Under the Pile of Dung
That CNN, Twitter and Their Media and Social Media Cousins
Wrought on a Divided Nation and Made Apoplectic with Fear…
We Are Where We Are.
The Real Question Now Is How Do We Get
From Here to There — A ‘Where’ Where —
Peace, Justice, Love and Respect for All Reigns.
A ‘Where’ where the Nation — with Passion, Truth,
Liberty and Justice for All, and Not Just for Those We
Agree With — Take Root and Flourish So That All
Earth’s Children, Grand and Great Grand Children and
Their Extended Families Not Only Survive, but Thrive.
I Trust We May Be Able to Get There.
And Hope My Trust is Warranted.
If Not, the Country You and I Love May Be
Literally Unrecognizable in the Years Ahead.
which Would Be a Tragedy for the Planet.
Let’s All Work to Ensure It Ain’t So.
Like It or Not, We Are, After It All, in It Together.
The Choice To Flourish or Perish Is Up to All of Us.
So Why Not Work with Pure Intention and Focus
to Make the Future Worth the Wait to Get There.
Trust the Future! Or Trust the Future?
The Choice Is Yours & Ours.
(The Poem ‘Desiderata’ Included Below May Help.)
Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to 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 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 Universe,
whatever you conceive It to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy
confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann (1927)
“Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer
Max Hermann. Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, the text became widely
known after its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972.