Day 18 – No doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should

We are in San Francisco now, heading to Mark’s home. He chooses the sightseeing route as a gift for me, and I am able to see a lot of beautiful places along the way. But the best is reserved for last. When we get to his place, Mark takes me to the rooftop.

I am in awe!

Once again I realize how lucky I am.

These are the best views of San Francisco and I wouldn’t have seen them if I had not relinquished control  and believed, as Max Ehrmann told us in the Desiderata that “the universe is unfolding as it should.”

DESIDERATA  by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amidst 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 vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Day 18 – Mark’s Kingdom

Mark took us to his place.

We went up and up the hills of San Francisco.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and people are out shopping, eating and connecting.

I saw beautiful architecture and beautiful people walking down beautiful streets.

I saw the cable car.

Life is good!

King Mark returns to his peaceful kingdom.

Queen Natasha and his heirs welcome him.

Mark, Natasha, and the boys