- God, grant us the serenity to accept things we cannot change,
- Courage to change the things we can,
- And the wisdom to know the difference.
- Patience for the things that take time,
- Appreciation for all that we have,
- And tolerance for those with different struggles.
- Freedom to live beyond the limitations of our past ways,
- The ability to feel your love for us and our love for each other,
- And the strength to get up and try again even when we feel it is hopeless.
- — REINHOLD NIEBUHR (1934)
(Written by MJ)
Child of innocence, I miss your sunny days
We joyously frolicked in extended plays
Ever since you’ve left the scene
The streets are lonely, dark, and mean
Child of innocence, return to me now
With your simple smile show them how
This world once again can respond to your glance
And heartbeats flutter to the rhythm of your dance
Child of innocence, your elegance, your beauty
Beckons me now beyond the call of duty
Come fly with me far and above
Over the mountains in the land of love
Child of innocence, messenger of joy
You’ve touched my heart without a ploy
My soul is ablaze with a flagrant fire
To change this world is my deepest desire.
My body. My training.
At the immunization level, our bodies have built up a steady defense at this stage in life. Then there are all the other aspects of knowledge, talents, habits, and even alcohol tolerance. My knowledge of science, vocabulary, religion, even my limited history facts, took a good 20 years to develop up to what I now know. Moreover, my piano skills, musical rhythms, my slow steps at guitar took my willing perseverance to maintain. The comfort at which I drive a car did not happen at a blink of an eye. It took practice. Even my tolerance at spicy food took me a lot of time to adapt. And I cannot forget all the good vegetables, the amount of tea intake and the pills of vitamin C I have swallowed to reassure a solid base.
All this to say: I will not trade my body for any other body. I know it sounds silly… but I will never understand how hard my body is fighting for me, and how far it’s come in its advances. When I look at new born babies and children, I think oh how far they will have to push themselves to learn.. When I reach the age of 30, 40… I don’t think I will ever go back in time to become 20 again (because it’s impossible!), but why would I step backwards and undo another 10, 20 years of work and experience? This is the result of my body that I have come to know and have taken a lifetime to train. With every loss we may encounter, there is always a little gain. Even if we forget what we once knew, it will always be a part of our lives. Life just keeps going forward and we move with it.
Anyways, take care,appreciate yourself and work harder.
Harry suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He rested his hands lightly on the back of Margaret’s chair. “Lady Margaret,” he said with a little bow. She stood up, and he drew back her chair. She felt deeply grateful for this gesture of support.
Mother walked away from the table, her face expressionless, her head held high. Father followed her.
Harry gave Margaret his arm. It was only a little thing, but it meant a great deal to her. Although she was blushing furiously, she felt able to walk out of the room with dignity.
Harry is so appealing. What a gentlemen. =)