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It’s a beautiful summer morning, the kids are tucked in bed, coffee is brewing, and the birds are chirping. I find a sense of peace and joy in the little things.

Tapping into gratitude can be the key that lights up your soul and deepens your faith. It helps to reflect on the beauty of your day and acknowledge what is good and right. When I focus on the positive it feels like I’ve got a really good recipe for achieving a generous dose of happiness and an abundance of civility.

I like to have inspiring books, poems, and clippings around me for reference. If you have not heard of a poem by American writer Max Ehrmann called “Desiderata” then you are in for a treat. “Desiderata”, Latin for “things to be desired” was written in 1927, but for the longest time the origin of this poem was in question.

It is believed to have originated from “Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore. Dated. 1692”. The Reverend of Old Saint Pauls Church placed “Desiderata” in a gathering of devotional materials for his congregation. Within the devotional materials he placed the Church’s foundation date, which was then widely mistaken as the poems inception date.

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 and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and 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 with 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)

Today, I hope you can take time to reflect on gratitude. Choose something to be grateful for and see how thinking within this framework will swing your happiness compass in a beautiful direction.

In the comments below I’d love to hear your recipe for gratitude? Do you have a positive verse you refer too often? Share it with us, we’d love to spread the joy!

With all my love,

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