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The Desiderta

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Disclaimer here. My sister is the English major, high brow literature buff but she is not terribly technical and still balances her checkbook in one of those ledgers. I am the math and science sister who has all her finances on Quicken, can put anything together and reads trashy beach novels most of the time.

That said, she is in Ireland at the moment, heading to Spain but when she gets back and I ask her, I am sure she probably knows this by heart. I, on the other hand, have never seen it.

But I am going to read it every day.

-- 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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    I read that about every day to absorb some wisdom to start my day. My favorite is the warning about comparing yourself to others will make you both vain and true. Thanks for posting. God bless you.
    1721 days ago
    I've seen it somewhere before too - love it - thanks for sharing it. (And it sounds like we are a lot a like.)
    1724 days ago
    I've heard it before but not in a long time. It's a beautiful reminder of how we should strive to live. Thanks
    1725 days ago
  • FITAT50
    Did you post this for me? Love it!
    1726 days ago
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  • DIANE7786
    This was one of the posters on my wall when I was in high school. It's great advice for life. Many times its made me feel better when part of my life feels out of my control.
    1726 days ago
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