Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lest I forget...

Desiderata

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 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 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 critical 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 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. (this is my favorite part)



 

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 careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927

10 comments:

Bossy Betty said...

Beautiful and just what I needed!

Thank you so much!

That corgi :) said...

nicely done! the corgis were precious!

betty

Ninny said...

I love it! Beautiful thoughts to contemplate.

TARYTERRE said...

Thanks for taking me back to my youth. A copy of this used to be framed, hanging on my LR wall. I haven't heard it in years. The framed copy disapeared amongst many moves. This piece opened a floodgate of memories. Such wisdom and passion in the words. Thanks so much for touching my life today.

Intense Guy said...

Your photos are beautiful - and they go with the thoughtful words of Max Ehrmann is a way I'm sure Mr. Ehrmann would not only have approved, but would have thanked you for doing this.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great words and the perfect images to go with them. Outstanding.

Whosyergurl said...

Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
xo, Cheryl

shawna henrie said...

omg...LOVE this. you spoke to my heart...so true and such beautiful words...<3

Megan said...

What incredibly gorgeous photos - and such lovely words. (I especially enjoy that cat's expression!)

Tammy @ The Stitching Coop said...

Stunning!
Hugs
Tammy