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Desiderata

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Published on Jul 2, 2011

I don't have any problems with getting 'inspiration' for my videos...
I am literally 'bombarded with it' !
With this particular video though... the inspiration came from a Comment that was written in response to my most recent video. The comment highlighted that 'giraffes have the biggest heart on earth' and is one of the reasons why the giraffe is used as a symbol for the 'giraffe-method of non-violent communication'.

I have to admit that I had never heard of 'the giraffe-method of non-violent communication' prior to the comment being made... but with so much of 'the madness' I see in this world... where the use of violence and bloodshed is the preferred option toward attaining desired results... I couldn't help thinking that the world could do with a few lessons in 'non-violent communication' !

One of most inspirational writings of all time, was the Poem 'Desiderata' written by Max Ehrmann... and as such, I have chosen to use the Poem as the means of conveying the message of non-violent communication in the form of this video.
To give the message some additional strength... I have chosen the song 'When Angels Fly' (by Tim Heintz) to accompany the Poem.
I hope you like it !

Desiderata
Written by: Max Ehrmann
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 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 'imaginings'...
Many fears are borne 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 !!!

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