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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Desiderata.........."Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans'


I am so tired tonight as I was yesterday, but my sister challenged me this morning. She checked for yesterday's update and there was none *covering face*. "You have just started oh, I hope you know, just four posts and you are tired", she said. So even as I am about to fall asleep on this laptop I just want to share something my father shared with me as a child, we had it hanging on the wall in his room and in our sitting room. It's still a master piece and whether you have read it before or not, please read it again and think about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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 the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and 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 with your soul.

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


© Max Ehrmann 1927

I also found a youtube narrative of it here;


My best part;

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

The same Version my father had.