13 September 2008

Desiderata

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 persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and
listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.
.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
the are vexatious to the spirit. If you
compare yourself with others, you may
become vain or bitter, for always there will be
greater and lesser persons than yourself.
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Enjoy your achievements as well as your
plans. Keep interested in your own career,
however humble; it is a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution
in your business affairs, for the world is full
of trickery. But let this not blind you to what
virtue there is; many persons strive for high
ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
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Be yourself. Especially do not feign
affection. Neither be cynical about love; for
in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
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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 dark imaginings. Many fears
are born of fatigue and loneliness.
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Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle
with yourself. You are a child of the Universe
no less than the trees and stars; you have
a right to be here. And whether or not it is
clear to you, no doubt the Universe is
unfolding as it should.
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Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever
you conceive Him to be. And whatever your
labors and aspirations, in the noisy
confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
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With all its sham, drudgery and broken
dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.
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~ Max Ehrmann

2 comments:

cell92 said...

"Desiderata" offers light for roads that can sometimes be dark.
I think it's a comforting and refreshing perspective on life's big picture.

It's been over 20 years since a colleague gave it to me with two other wonderful poems. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost and If by Rudyard Kipling.

Thank you for posting it.

Sandra Miller Linhart said...

And thank you.

Sometimes I have to take it off the wall and reread the message, especially on day where it seems all common sense and logic has gone the way of Elvis (left the building). It gives me strength. It gives me hope and it slaps me back to reality.

So easily do we all fall into the Drama-queen ways of humans.
This too shall pass.

pass the popcorn, please!