Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste...

In the late 60's, I found this poem on a poster. 
I absolutely loved it and for much of my life
have attempted to follow it's credo. 
At the time, it was said to have been found
 in old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore around 1692

In fact, it was written by Max Ehrmann,
who was a poet and lawyer.
He lived from 1872 to 1945

Interesting side note:
 Desiderata in Latin, means
"Things To Be Desired"

Max once wrote in his diary:

"I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift -
a bit of chaste prose that had caught
up some noble moods."

-- 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.


Lily Robinson said...

Thank you for this walk back in time... I had this poster on my bedroom wall! It was black with neon colors that looked great under a black light. It was also put into song. Beautiful words to live by.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness that is posted on my blog somewhere! And is that the Grand Canyon in your picture? Happy 4th to you. sandie♥

Marylinn Kelly said...

To keep peace, be cheerful and remember it is a beautiful world...not the easiest assignment, but we're used to the big challenges, aren't we? Happy 4th. xoxo