Mar 7, 2012

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all chasers. Chart your outlook quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the NWS and NSSL for they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive forecasters, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become bitter and vain, for always there will be greater and lessor chasers than yourself. Enjoy your successes as well as your busts. Keep interested in your hobby, however frustrating; it is a real possession in the changing winds of time. Exercise caution in your chasing purchases; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what goodies there are; many persons strive for technical wizardry; and everywhere life is full of Faidleys. Be yourself. Especially, do not hate nature. Neither be cynical about the weather; for in the face of all busts and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and chasing alone. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the weather, no less than the wind and the rain; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the weather is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with Mother Nature, whatever you conceive Her to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of El Niño, keep peace with your soul. With all its busts, gust fronts, and broken forecasts, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

[yes, this is a chaser version of the Desiderata]

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