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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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.

—Max Ehrmann in 1927 | Desiderata (via hattiewatson)

nativefaces:

The Two Spirited People: Remember that hatred of Gay and Bisexual people was taught to you. Native American people of North and South America allowed marriage of men to women, men to men, and women to women under the spiritual understandings that the soul is genderless or that we two spirited souls with genders separate from our biological bodies. When people say that Native Americans were the past I can only laugh because I know that our people were and continue to be the future, we understood the evils of wealth, homophobia and harming the earth until we were sieged by European barbarians. These backwards men still bicker about gay marriage, saving the ozone, and pride their capitalist system as the best in the world while it runs on the blood of black and brown people. But I digress, as this post pertains to homosexuality, male-centric culture was brought to our lands and with it the ideas of who should marry who, which sex belongs in the kitchen, and what else is proper living. In 20 years when the United States finally comes to the wisdom our people have known for centuries you may pride yourself on knowing that your ancestors knew better. 

nativefaces:

The Two Spirited People: Remember that hatred of Gay and Bisexual people was taught to you. Native American people of North and South America allowed marriage of men to women, men to men, and women to women under the spiritual understandings that the soul is genderless or that we two spirited souls with genders separate from our biological bodies. When people say that Native Americans were the past I can only laugh because I know that our people were and continue to be the future, we understood the evils of wealth, homophobia and harming the earth until we were sieged by European barbarians. These backwards men still bicker about gay marriage, saving the ozone, and pride their capitalist system as the best in the world while it runs on the blood of black and brown people. But I digress, as this post pertains to homosexuality, male-centric culture was brought to our lands and with it the ideas of who should marry who, which sex belongs in the kitchen, and what else is proper living. In 20 years when the United States finally comes to the wisdom our people have known for centuries you may pride yourself on knowing that your ancestors knew better. 

Native American Prayer for the Grieving:

I give you this one thought to keep,
I am with you still, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamonds that glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain,
When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quite birds in circled flight,
I am soft stars that shine at night,
Do not think of me as gone,
I am with you still in each and every dawn.

—(via dstycstl)