As every flower fades and as all youth 
Departs, so life at every stage, 
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth, 
Blooms in its day and may not last forever. 
Since life may summon us at every age 
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor, 
Be ready bravely and without remorse 
To find new light that old ties cannot give. 
In all beginnings dwells a magic force 
For guarding us and helping us to live. 
Serenely let us move to distant places 
And let no sentiments of home detain us. 

The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us 
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces. 
If we accept a home of our own making, 
Familiar habit makes for indolence. 
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking 
Or else remain the slave of permanence. 
Even the hour of our death may send 
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces, 
And life may summon us to newer races. 
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

by Hermann Hesse

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  1. Happy birthday friend.

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