Monday, March 2, 2009

One of my Favorite Quotations

An inspiring quotation for the evening...please share your reaction/thoughts/feelings...

"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 Ehrman


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  2. Words to live by. I like to read it daily. In good times and in disappointing times it is inspiring and uplifting. If in my youth, I would have quieted by youthful spirit, my "dull and ignorant" parents tried to tell me the same things maybe just not so eloquently. Be at peace with yourself and those who love, care and support you. You are destined for good things.

  3. Well that just made my day. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. This struck a chord for me. Lots of stuff going on all at once in my life right now. I always feel like my head's spinning lately, this seems to speak directly to that.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Indeed, I think this speaks to many of us now. Thank you for posting, and I hope this advice is leading you on grand adventures!