Let the child living within us to live freely, happily and simply.
A little while ago a friend sent these words to me believing them to be written by the current Pope, Pope Francis. That is the claim, but as it turns out, not the truth.
I have been reading them out to my yoga classes as the words are so poignant, profound and gentle. However, the second time I read them aloud, I listened to the whispers in my body, and intuitively discovered that these words are more yogic than a catholic discourse, or at the very least more poetic.
So I questioned Lord Google, and yes, as it turns out, no one really knows who wrote them. This is despite the fact that they have been attributed to many authors, quite convincingly I might add, and specifically to the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa who died early last century.
Of course, they are subject to the time spent in cyberspace and the numerous translators’ perspectives.
So, what can I say? Except ‘thank you’ to the author/authors/translators and my friend. These words are delightful and pertinent to us all. So in light of these words being offered to me, I now offer them to you, so that you may read, re-read, adopt and enjoy!
(I doubt that Fernando Pessoa is turning in his grave worrying about copyright).
“You may have flaws, live anxiously, and sometimes get angry, but never forget that your life is the biggest enterprise in the world. And you can keep it from going bankrupt.
There are many people who need, admire and love you.
I wish that you always remember that being happy is not having a sky without storms, paths without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.
Being happy is finding strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in fear, love in disagreements.
Being happy is not only appreciating the smiles, but reflecting on the sadness.
It is not just celebrating the success, but also learning lessons in failures.
It is not only to feel happy with applause, but finding joy in anonymity.
Being happy is recognizing that life is worth living, despite all the challenges, misunderstandings and periods of crisis.
To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and to become your destiny’s author. It is crossing deserts outside of yourself, but being able to find an oasis in the secret of your soul.
It is being thankful for every morning for the miracle of life.
Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It’s to be able to talk about yourself.
It’s the courage to hear a “No”. It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when you feel it is unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends.
Being happy is to let the child living within us to live freely, happily and simply.
It is having the maturity to say “I made mistakes”.
It is having the courage to say “forgive me”.
It is having the sensitivity to say “I need you”.
It is to have the ability to say “I love you”.
It is having the humility of receptivity.
May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness …That in spring may it be a lover of joy? In winter a lover of wisdom. And when you go astray, start again. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life…
But use the tears to irrigate tolerance.
Use your losses to refine patience.
Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity.
Use obstacles to open the windows of intelligence.
Never give up hope.
Never give up the people you love.
Never give up on people who love you.
Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show”.
x Annemaree x