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A Bit of Wisdom From My Past
by J AG

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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In the darkest times, I often would give a copy of this poem to people I cared about. I'd not thought of it for years, and then a friend sent it back, and so I pass it on to you. Whether a reminder or something new, I hope it fills your soul as it always has mine.

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.

--- Max Ehrmann, The Desiderata

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Reviewed by Brenda Dobson 7/17/2009
Wonderfully expressive words of wisdom. Most appreciated and needed to be read by EVERYONE.
Reviewed by Christine Boyce 6/26/2009
Wow, thank you for posting this. It's amazing and really helpful to me.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/22/2008
Very nice and it is wonderful when our work turns up in the most delightful way isnt' it.

Fee
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/22/2008
The Desiderata Is My All Time Favorite Words of Lovingness & Wisdom & Enlightenment...Thank You For Sharing The Words From This Perfect Blessing Which Lives On & On & On....
Much Love & Happiness To You
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Vickie
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/22/2008
well done
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