(Conceived in the sands of the Middle East, with apologies to Max Ehrmann)
Meander your way through the world and make mistakes. Hurry less along the paths you know and tread slowly some unknown ones. Look around you and above you often. Learn from the sky, for even when heavy with threatening clouds it still has beauty. Recognise that you never truly own anything and therefore hold lightly to your possessions: they are not really yours. Let go. Fall in love more than once and relive that feeling every single day. Lash yourself tightly to the mast of positive belief, for in life’s storms this will be all that prevents your being washed overboard. Hear what people say not what you think they say, and be ready to give even the lowest person the benefit of any doubt. You will learn more things of value from fools than from wise men anyway. Do not dwell on the disappointments of the past or concern yourself unduly with the uncertainties of the future, for all is flux and things of darkness melt away in their time. Know that guilt is a futile emotion; and therefore put right any wrongs you have done as best you can and continue on your way. Above all be kind and practise compassion as if our very existence depended on it. For it surely does.