One of my favorite prayers is the Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann. The entire prayer is so helpful to me, but I’m particularly drawn to one of the first few lines:
“Avoid loud and aggressive person, they are vexations of the spirit.”
A vexation of the spirit sounds like something I really don’t want to be. Vexation meaning something that provokes irratibility, anxiety, or distress.
I wouldn’t say that I surround myself with people under this classification, but when I read this I always hope that I’m not falling under that classification either.
Before that line is this:
“Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.”
I think if I’m able to do this I can avoid being a vexation of the spirit. 🙂
And the last paragraph always brightens my day:
“Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Stive to be happy.”