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Strive to be happy.

I don’t even remember how old I was when my father gave me a copy of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. It has always been there. The most precious gift. He tells me I was 10. It is what I have always wanted to live by…even though it is so hard sometimes. I have a habit of doing what I think is right by others, rather than what is good for me.

It is a testament to head over heels I was for him – I gave Jake this poem on our first Christmas. I painted a picture of an old fig tree that grew on his parents’ land (in the Belizian rainforest) and overlay the words that meant so much to me, as I knew they would to him.

20 years after my fathers gift to me, and 5 1/2 years after my gift to Jake, I am for the first time, really, truly…
…striving to be happy.

- posted by Ria Mishaal

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David F Cooke - June 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

….and it’s still as beautiful and true as it was the first time I read it…

Ross - June 11, 2011 - 10:04 am

It’s fantastic space you have created here Ria, I look forward to
sharing your journey.

P.s, the fact you PAINTED that wonderful gift has blown me away, such talent.


Helen - June 12, 2011 - 1:17 pm

So excited. Can’t wait to watch as more organised chaos emerges. Can’t wait to watch you wander off on this new journey.

Tracey B - July 16, 2011 - 9:43 pm

I remember my husband first showing me Desiderata and it blew me away. He actually had it framed as a gift to me and it’s just simply amazing and still resonates to me each time I read it.