Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Global warming! Oh - wait - no - it's "Climate change." That explains why Houston is having its coldest winter in over a decade and may see several days of temperatures at or near freezing. Do I wrap outside hose bibs? Drip faucets? Run up in the attic and insulate every exposed pipe up there? Not sure yet.

I'm waiting to see what others are doing, but the only thing I'm even considering is wrapping the hose bibs. My house, however, has builder-grade insulation, which means the home's heat LEAKS through the walls like crazy. So . . . I'm fairly sure the hose bibs will be all right.

Muffin has strep throat. I have a sinus infection. And (I haven't blogged about this yet) my mom passed away on Christmas.

Interestingly, I'm not overwhelmed by it. Just learning to roll with the punches. More rolling with the weather. I'll let you know about how we come through!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Desiderata

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.
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 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