|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
The things that we deem essential to our lives; the things we greatly desire to have
and to be, weave the fabric of our lives. They are so integral to our self-perception
that sometimes we're unaware they aren't just "us." And they are "us," which is
only a good thing if they are positive, healthy and spiritual.
When we take the time to reflect consciously on those things we desire, we can
be certain that our goals are sound choices. When we take time to consciously
define them, they are clarified in our minds and hearts; strengthened and
watered with the richness of honest direction.
The words found on today's Home Page probably will sound familiar to you.
They comprise the prose poem known as "Desiderata," a Latin term meaning
"things desired." Max Ehrman authored the poem in 1927. An attorney from the
state of Indiana, he wrote the poem when he was 55, but it did not become
famous until after his death in 1945. To live according to his "things desired"
as things essential, would ensure any one of us a life well-lived.
Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace
there may 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. z 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 & lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. z 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. z 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. z
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 a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. z
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 the
as it should. z Therefore be at peace with God, whatever
you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspir-
ations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your
soul. z With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is
still a beautiful world. Be careful...strive to be happy.
Max Ehrman (1872-1945)
Indiana attorney and writer
And now, the Last Word:
We are what our thoughts have made us;
so take care about what you think. Words
are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna of Calcutta;
Founder of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly
and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)