Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Desiderata New Year

Wishing you, my beautiful blogger, Facebook & twitter friends a wonderful..wonderful 2011
full of blessings, happiness, laughter and love.

Live 2011 by the Universal Laws, they're the finest & fairest of all
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.

When Andrew & I married (nearly 20 years ago) our prayer at our ceremony was The Desiderata and the picture above of this gorgeous model surrounded by daisies was the one and only reference for my wedding gown & flowers, I still have it, folded and creased in my drawer.
She's just perfect & full of happiness don't you think?

Little ol' me 20 years ago..
I didn't have nearly as many daisies as above
I did have to think of the groom!!
and I didn't want to show off....ha ha

now......back to the Desiderata

Andrew read The Desiderata to all our guests, he knows it off by heart, it is a prayer that we both value and cherish.
Found in Old St Paul's church Baltimore in 1692........ yes, 1692.....
To live by this is not always easy, actually it's almost impossible
but hopefully I will do my best in this new year of 2011.

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Happy New Year

xxxx Coty, Andrew, Thomas & Bec

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, & 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 vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself to 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.

caution in your business affairs, for the the world is full of trickery.

But let not this 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 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 in your soul

With all it's sham drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world.

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Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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  1. "no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should", how reassuring that sounds Coty, and what a beautiful text. Thank you for all the beauty you shared with us on your blog in 2010, and for the kind comments you left with me. May the new year be kind to us all, and may it bring you and yours peace, health and happiness.

  2. HI Dear Coty
    I've always liked The Desiderata and it seems perfect for starting the New Year.. as you started your new life back then!!

    You've been a one of the gifts in my life in 2010.. Thank you for your friendship and all the beauty you share with us... May this year bring us all much happiness.. Lots of love.. xxx Julie

  3. I've loved that prayer since I was in high school. I am grateful that you brought back to mind. The truth it speaks is still so very relevant today. I wish you a very Happy New Year and am so glad I've come to find you in blogland!

  4. Love those words. They speak to your soul. best wishes for the New Year!

  5. Coty - that is a beautiful post and you are such a beautiful person hon! All the best for 2011. Hugs Sharyn xx


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