I exist as I am, that is enough

elderly woman with martini

Or with equal cheerfulness I can wait

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own to-day or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.

by Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)
excerpt, Song of Myself
from Leaves of Grass
image – TheArches

Attitude of Gratitude

As it has been known to happen, I chose an image that has nothing at all to do with the author. I do think it fits the quote!

OK, so there are the swollen ankles and that arm flab thing that can happen as we age, but look at her sense of ease and playfulness and try not to imagineer other sorts of baggage. We should all be so blessed.

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3 Responses to “I exist as I am, that is enough”

  1. Robbin Says:

    Thanks for your “Attitude of Gratitude” comment under the picture. This image is definitely one of acceptance and content, grateful and ready for all the day brings to her. I realize the older I get, the easier it is to accept the ankles, flab, and extra this and that that comes with age because I have another day to take on the world, my world.

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    I intend to get out there and laugh, regardless of how ungainly I become or how many regrets I accumulate, or how many loved ones pass on before me. That’s not to say I follow through, even now, but the intent is there.

  3. Clarissa McFairy Says:

    That is what counts, Elizabeth! I do believe that the intent is pivotal. Upon intent, rests so much; to wage war or not, (within or without) to take an extreme example. And in so much else. In a discussion or debate, say, if one has good intent, one will engage fairly, but if ones intent is to outdo the other, the outcome is compromised. I think intent can be a powerful motivator for good, or for evil. And all the inbetweens. It all starts with the intent.