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-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --
Not "Found in Old St. Paul's Church"

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.

Have the courage to want the very best for yourself.
- Meditation for The Day of Mastery (my birthday)
Feb/18/2009, 12:05 am Link to this post  
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Re: desiderata

Hi. thanx for this.

I first saw this on a card about 30 years ago and it has stuck with me ever since.

I have it hanging in my kitchen, its always there but I don't always "see" it hanging....seems just whenever I need to sit and read quietly, it comes back to mind.

I needed to read this again today, thank you for this.
Feb/21/2009, 5:11 pm Link to this post  
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Re: desiderata

Hi Bezsenny, I got a little card with this on, from a little church because i thought it was very wise and helpful and I knew I would like to keep reading it from time-to-time. In fact i was even thinking myself about posting it, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it here. Thankyou.

And Topaz123, I keep the card handy on the wall at home, like you, and i find it a bit syncronicitous, is it called, because we only chatted yesterday. How strange. I also like Kippling's 'If'.
Feb/27/2009, 11:55 am Link to this post  

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