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march to your own beat


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him keep step to music which he hears, however measured or far away.

~Henry David Thoreau~


Psalm 71:14


But as for me, I will always have hope;

I will praise you more and more.

~Psalm 71:14~


true happiness

True happiness is to rest satisfied with what we have.

True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man, to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so wants nothing.  The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and, like people in the dark, fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it.  tranquility is a certain equality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.

There must be sound mind to make a happy man; there must be constancy in all conditions, a care for the things of this world but without anxiety; and such an indifference to the bounties of fortune that either with them or without them we may live content.  True joy is serene.  The seat of it is within, and there is no cheerfulness like the resolution of a brave mind that has fortune under its feet.  It is an invincible greatness of mind not to be elevated or dejected with good or ill fortune.  A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it be, without wishing for what he has not.

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca~


a wise man

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.



Proverbs 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course,

But the Lord determines his steps.

Proverbs 16:9


a prayer

Let me do my work each day;
And if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
May I not forget the strength that comforted me
In the desolation of other times.

May I still remember the bright hours that found me
Walking over the silent hills of my childhood,
Or dreaming on the margin of the quiet river,
When a light glowed within me,
And I promised my early God to have courage
Amid the tempests of the changing years.
Spare me from bitterness
And from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.

May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit.
Though the world may know me not,
May my thoughts and actions be such
As shall keep me friendly with myself.
Lift my eyes from the earth,
And let me not forget the uses of the stars.
Forbid that I should judge others,
Lest I condemn myself.

Let me not follow the clamor of the world,
But walk calmly in my path.
Give me a few good friends who will love me for what I am;
And keep ever burning before my vagrant steps
The kindly light of hope.
And though age and infirmity overtake me,
And I come not within sight of the castle of my dreams,
Teach me still to be thankful for life,
And for times olden memories that are good and sweet;
And may the evening’s twilight find me gentle still.

~Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945)~



the water is wide

The water is wide

I can’t cross o’er,

and neither have

I wings to fly.

Build me a boat

That can carry two,

And both shall row,

My Lord and I.

~”The Water Is Wide”  by David Kaufman~

April 2020

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