“…whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.” Desiderata Max Ehrmann
I like the juxtaposition of those two phrases – “in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.” First, there is the recognition of the “noisy confusion of life.” Life is rarely played out in an orderly fashion, at least not the orderly fashion as I write (and rewrite, and rewrite…) the script. Then, the “keep peace with your soul.” A subtle distinction, but the word choice is “with” not “in,” recognizing, as I think on it, that peace is a relationship between the mind and the soul. In that context I can keep peace with my soul even if there is not peace in my soul. That is, a shitstorm may be swirling around me, but I can still have peace.
Now, the challenge is in the execution of that lofty goal!