From Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata:
“[W]hatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.”
So much is captured in these 16 words:
“Whatever your labors and aspirations” – Not “if you have any.” We all have them. Different ones, yes, but we all have “labors and aspiration.
“In the noisy confusion of life” – A recognition that life is both noisy and confusing. My experience certainly validates that.
“Keep peace with your soul” – Keeping peace is difficult. Keeping peace with others is difficult, and at times, aspirational. But most important is keeping peace with yourself, your soul.
What comes to mind here is Guy Clark’s song, The Cape, and its great chorus:
“He’s one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith. Spread your arms, hold your breath, and always trust your cape.”
Perhaps “keep peace with your soul” and “always trust your cape” are guiding us in the same direction – the direction that is Clark’s last line:
“He didn’t know he couldn’t fly – so he did.”