Words from their Fathers – Part 1

1 Dec

A friend forwarded me an email last night and it contained fathers’ messages to their children. I liked the collection of quotes and wisdom so I decided to share them here.

 I can remember when i was younger my father who didnt speak much, would read this poem to me and whenever he thot i was ready he would some times say ‘ kay go spend time in front of d desiderata’( it was a plaque that hung in our study, which had inscribed on it the desiderata and other poems my father described as songs all boys should know! ) and would make sure i got inspired by some of lifes stories and the things he believed in. I just felt I should share some of them, though some are very popular /common , u may agree dat they are inspiring too, while the others may help breathe new life in our day 2 day… u could also share some of the things you learnt from ur dad 

 desiderata – 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 to the dull and the 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 perennial as the grass. 
 
Take kindly to 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 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 in your soul. 

 With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. 

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
 
 Max Ehrmann c.1927
 
A Return To Love, 1992. Ack C Wilson and J Cooke. 

 ” Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?… Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do… It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson, author)

from Larkin’s ‘This Be The Verse’
 
 “They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad, 
 They may not mean to but they do.
 They fill you with the faults they had 
And add some extra just for you.”

 “I have heard many stories about parents who have hurt their children so much, planting many seeds of suffering in them. But I believe that the parents did not mean to plant those seeds. They did not intend to make their children suffer. Maybe they received the same kind of seeds from their parents. There is a continuation in the transmission of seeds, and their father and mother might have gotten those seeds from their grandfather and grandmother. Most of us are victims of a kind of living that is not mindful, and the practice of mindful living, of meditation, can stop these kinds of suffering and end the transmission of such sorrow to our children and grandchildren. We can break the cycle by not allowing these kinds of seeds of suffering to be transmitted to our children, our friends, or anyone else.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist author, from ‘Peace is Every Step’ – this quote is a wonderful antidote for the desperation of Larkin’s ‘This Be The Verse’ on the same subject of parental effects on children.)

 the captain of my soul… ‘Invictus’

 “Out of the night that covers me, 
 Black as the pit from pole to pole, 
 I thank whatever gods may be, 
 For my unconquerable soul. 

 In the fell clutch of circumstance, 
 I have not winced nor cried aloud: 
 Under the bludgeonings of chance 
 My head is bloody but unbowed… 

 It matters not how strait the gait, 
 How charged with punishments the scroll, 
 I am the master of my fate; 
 I am the captain of my soul.” 
 
 (William Ernest Henley, 1849-1903,
 
 “Success – To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.” 

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain, 1835-1910)

 Come to the edge. 
 We might fall. 
 Come to the edge. 
 It’s too high! 
 COME TO THE EDGE! 
 And they came, 
 and he pushed, 
 and they flew.

 Christopher Logue 

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