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May 24, 2009 - 2 comments






Here's another  wonderful theme to live by,
-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they 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.
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.
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.

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.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the 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.

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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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by nanal575, May 24, 2009
What in the world.......can be added to that ! ?..........if nothing be reminded that we are a " chilld of the universe "........" God's child " enough.......isn't it ? Thank you, once again.............peace and love.......Norma

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by Janicaa, May 24, 2009
Hi honey, Some times when I thing about the good times I find myself in awe of wonderment. In the complex colors of nature and how to mix them to duplicate them on my canvas. I can't look at anything with out mixing colors in my head.
I'm in total agreement that not much more can be said for what is said in that poem Desiderata. It humbles me each time I read it, I should have been reading it for a  long time and a lot more often than I have in past years. I don't know exactly how I lost track of myself or when I lost track of myself but it's wonderful to find me again and all the things I truly believe in. Hugs and more hugs to you my new friend...Jan

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