Sutta Nipata

September 11, 2013

The one who wanders independent in the world,
free from opinions and viewpoints,
does not grasp them and enter
into disputations and arguments.

As the lotus rises on its stalk
unsoiled by the mud and the water,
so the wise one speaks of peace and
is unstained by the opinions of the world.

~ Sutta Nipata

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Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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Desiderata
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 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.

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Sincerely,
Lena Jácome
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Peace Sells

January 2, 2013

Peace is possible”  — Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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I’ve had the song, ‘Peace Sells…  But who’s buying?‘  by Megadeth playing in my head over and over the past few nights. Sometimes the only way to get songs out of my head is to write about them.

Megadeth

I never really listened to heavy metal and ‘Peace Sells‘ is probably one of the only songs I know from the band. There is no doubt that there is artistry in this song and I respect their artistic expression. Many comment that Dave Mustaine is genius and has contributed much to the art of heavy metal. I’m an admirer of anyone who follows their dreams and is passionate about the work they do.

As I reviewed the lyrics (found them on Lyrics Freak website) I thought about a few things:

Judgement, Anger, Criticism…  Freedom possibly?

My interpretation of the song:  Why on earth would one buy into a society’s definition of ‘Peace’ when all that is felt is condemnation.  The anger is apparent and change won’t happen if those around him refuse to change. Below are a few lines from the song:

If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line…

….Can you put a price on peace?

As the song replayed in my head (over and over), an inspiring story I read about a young boy and his pursuit to share the message of peace with the world came to mind.

A few years ago I read and blogged about Mattie J.T. Stepanek after reading about him in ‘Messenger‘ written by his mother, Jeni Stepanek. (See blog here.)

There are two sides to every coin. I don’t want to ignore the injustices that take place in this world, but it’s much more freeing for me to focus on what I can do to contribute to the world in a positive way. Every one is motivated differently and perhaps one story, person or song might speak more to you than another.

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I wish you a peaceful day, week, year and so on. May you find inspiration in everything around you.

Sincerely,

Lena Jácome

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