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No, nothing’s resolved yet. There are no decisions, outcomes, or results to report. But the Universe did answer my impatience and longing, just the same.

This morning, in the early hours, my husband, who is usually very focused and silent before work, said to me, “Oh, I came across the coolest thing last night. I was at this church, waiting for people to finish talking, and I looked to my left and saw this.” He proceeded to pull up a poem on the internet…the following poem, which we learned together was written in 1952 by an American poet and lawyer named, 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 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 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.

Now, I believe that in that moment that my husband discovered this poem it was a message for him. But I also believe that his stopping to tell me about it this morning was because he was meant to deliver a message from the Universe to me. How did I know this? It was right there in the title, which means in Latin, “desired things.” And what was the message I took? There were many…be happy, be peaceful, be calm…but the main message was right there in the sixth stanza…”And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”