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One Day Like This

By Tom Feeley

July 12, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -- Each day I cull the web in search of facts that I can share with you, so that we can better understand the world we live in and the people we share it with.

Together we have pulled the curtains and viewed the very worst of human behavior. We have witnessed great tragedy, shared in the suffering of our fellows in Afghanistan, Iraq and everywhere the hand of our Empire touches. Sometimes, it is easy to forget that behind all that misery is a world where love lives.

A simple world where each of us wants to share the very best of ourselves with others and wash away the pain and suffering that appears inevitable as we walk through this life.

Within our hearts is a fountain of compassion and a hunger to rid the world of needless hatred, anger and the pain it inevitably brings to others.

Let us share it with others and help them to understand that another world is possible, a world in which we and our children can distribute the joy that life makes possible.  Let us commit to being better people, not just in our thought but in our actions. Let us commit to building a world based on compassion, dignity and justice for ourselves and all who inhabit this planet.

Today I want to share two items with you, that help me better appreciate how fortunate I am to wake each morning. The first is "One day like this"  By Elbow and the second is "Desiderata" posted below.

"One Day Like This" By Elbow

 

Lyrics

"One Day Like This"

Drinking in the morning sun
Blinking in the morning sun
Shaking off a heavy one
Yeah, heavy like a loaded gun

What made me behave that way?
Using words I never say
I can only think it must be love
Oh anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

Someone tell me how I feel
It's silly wrong, but vivid right
Oh, kiss me like a final meal
Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight

'Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

When my face is chamois creased
If you think I wink, I did
Laugh politely at repeats
Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin

'Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
And only now I see the light
Yeah, lying with you half awake
Stumbling over what to say
Well, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day

So throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right for life

Throw those curtains wide
'Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
One day like this a year would see me right
And only now I see the light
Throw those curtains wide
'Cause holy cow, I love your eyes
One day like this a year would see me right
And only now I see the light

Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right
Throw those curtains wide
One day like this a year would see me right

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and 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 & clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull & ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain & 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 future 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 & disenchantment
it is 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 & loneliness.
Beyond wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees & 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 labours & aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

"Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). In 1956, the
rector of St. Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a
collection of mimeographed inspirational material for his congregation.
Someone who subsequently printed it asserted that it was found in Old St.
Paul's Church, dated 1692. The year 1692 was the founding date of the church
and has nothing to do with the poem.

In closing I am reminded of the following -

One day an old Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson. He said, There are two wolves fighting inside all of us the wolf of fear and hate, and the wolf of love and peace.

The grandson listened, then looked up at his grandfather and asked, Which one will win?

The grandfather replied, The one we feed.

Peace and Joy

Tom Feeley

 

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