photo from kristi's bachelorette party, 2004

to describe my friend kristi (on left) would require a collage of scenes and words. although a visual representation isn't the real deal, you could catch a glimpse of what this girl is all about. when i think of kristi, these words come to mind: originality, self-assurance, trans-am, free bird, lake lover, cactus, daddy's girl, trend setter, accessories, tattoos, make-up, stylish prescription frames, high heels, nail polish, quirky sayings, yoga teacher, and artist. there are a lot of other things that could be added to the list, but that is just the gist. her artwork is free-flowing and organic and you can tell there wasn't a hint of hesitation in its creation. i admire her approach to her style of work and i can learn something from this friend that listens to her heart and keeps moving forward without looking back. today i opened a mailing from her that was kind and generously supporting of where i am at in life. this poem was also enclosed. i sat down and read it aloud, slowly, and soaked it in. i love it so much and am thankful she shared it with me. i will keep it in the studio for strength.

Desiderata by 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.

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