Claire King


Desired Things

Posted on: November 3rd, 2017 by Claire - 9 Comments

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 to 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 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.

9 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this. A timely reminder of what is important.

  2. Janetyjanet says:

    “Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth”

    Part the first = hear hear
    Part the second = awwwwww but…

  3. Misha Herwin says:

    Just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you.

  4. AJ Waines says:

    A brave post, Claire – thank you, and one we should all read. There’s a temptation to think that we ‘make it’ on our writing journey and then everything goes swimmingly from then on, but it’s far from the truth, especially now that publishers aren’t ‘for life’ and the climate/business changes so quickly. I always come back to my original goals: • To thoroughly ENJOY the process of writing – (If I don’t love doing the actual writing, then what’s the point?)
    • To earn enough income so I can carry on writing
    • To develop and improve and be the best writer I can be

    Good luck with your next stage! I adored The Night Rainbow and was only recently singing its praises at the Southampton Fest of Words! ELI is on my TBR pile… x

  5. Nancy Jarmin says:

    After receiving particularly brutal comments from one member of my writer’s group earlier today, I came home questioning my decision to write my (completed) historical novel in first person narrative with a child’s POV. In Googling this writing style, I found you. I’m enjoying your blog and just ordered The Night Rainbow.

    • Claire says:

      Hi Nancy, oh dear I’m sorry that you got some fierce criticism. I hope it was also helpful in some way. I do hope you enjoy(ed) The Night Rainbow. It’s not an easy style to master and never be to everyone’s taste, but it is a perfectly legitimate approach! Also out this month is Amanda Berriman’s debut novel, Home, which also has a child narrator.

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