Desiderata by Max Ehrmann is a 1927 prose poem. "Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things")
17. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
Wow! The affirmation of this instruction is powerful! We are children of the universe... and we have a right to be here. it is right that we're here. Just like the trees and the stars, we have intrinsic value and we're precious to the universe.
The deed is done. You have a right to be here, I have a right to be here, we all have a right to be here. If we accept this, we accept, with respect and without judgment, everyone's intrinsic value and right to be here.
Our living experiences affirm that we have a right to be here. The work we do in our careers - our P.R.I.V.I. The lives we touch. The good we do. The love we share.
I find this knowledge awesome, sobering and empowering. I'm here; therefore, I have a right to be here. Being resolved in my mind, I take refuge in that affirming thought.
Through out our lives we decide how to use this powerful right. Sometimes we find ourselves in a struggle with using this power. Situations will affect the degree to which we want to exert our right to be here. We'll feel challenged.
Stepping up to these challenges establishes our right to be here. We don't anticipate, expect or like these challenges; nevertheless, how we choose to confront these challenges is the lesson - the living experience.
The universe is unimaginably vast. One might say the universe is infinite. When we perceive the universe as infinite, we correspondingly see ourselves as infinitesimal, which we are. This is, and should be, a humbling reality; however, infinitesimal is not synonymous with inconsequential, unimportant.
There is no escaping that in spite of our being infinitesimal, we are still children of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, who have a right to be here. We are crucial. We have intrinsic value. We have a role in the universe. We are living to fulfill the responsibility of having a right to be here. I believe we're up to that.
Thank you for reading. What are your thoughts?
Dedicated to my sons Jibri and Chris, my privilege and blessing. EcwmB