Many people I know are going through tough times lately. They’re experiencing failing health, financial struggles, work issues (or lack of work issues), stress, and overwhelming change. A theme that cuts through my conversations with friends, family and colleagues is if there will ever be stability again. The questions they keep asking are “why?” and “is there a reason for all of this?”
I don’t have answers, other than I personally believe there is a reason. There are days when all you can cling to is that there must be a bigger plan that we just don’t know about. There are other days when it is clear how things are all coming together.
One of my touchstones that keeps me going through the tough times, and makes me joyous in the good, is the poem Desiderata. Today’s entry is dedicated to keeping the faith that there is purpose in all that we go through, and there is ultimately peace.
The good news for today is that things do work out.
Here are some excerpts from Desiderata that I turn to regularly:
“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/Her 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.”