for today's words of wisdom, an excerpt from walt whitman. i find these words so inspiring and comforting when faced with something hard or stressful or intimidating. imperturbable, aplomb, self-balanced. things to aspire to.
Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of
Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they,
Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes,
less important that I thought,
. . . .
Me wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents,
rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.