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Desiderata
    #1309153 - 02/15/03 04:40 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Everyone has more than likely read this at
one time or another. As with any other timeless
wisdom, I find it to be fitting to our turbulent
world environment.

Desiderata helps me to become grounded and
not allow myself to get caught up in life drama
occurring all around. It is like visiting a dear, old
friend for words of encouragement, during these
troubled times.

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 to 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 or bitter;
for always there 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 not this 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 the 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery
and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann copyright 1927
renewed in 1954 by Bertha K. Ehrmann.

:wink: :laugh: :smile:
Peace to Everyone,

Peaceful Nomad
   


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1309156 - 02/15/03 04:44 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I've never seen that before. Thank you for posting it. :smile: 


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Re: Desiderata [Re: adrug]
    #1309199 - 02/15/03 05:23 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Namaste  :smile: 


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1309396 - 02/15/03 08:24 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I never get tired of reading that.


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1309853 - 02/15/03 01:20 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

i read that a few years ago in Chicken Soup for the Soul book, i was really depressed and lonely at the time and it made me feel alot better.


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1310016 - 02/15/03 03:27 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

ExcellentThread! 5 hearts!


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1310280 - 02/15/03 06:33 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I like it.  :grin:


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What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know,
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection,
Is it all you want it to be?



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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1310487 - 02/15/03 08:26 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I know this is a nice thread, but I couldn't resist throwing in a link to the parody National Lampoon did of this back in 1972. Hopefully somebody will find it amusing.


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Re: Desiderata [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1310500 - 02/15/03 08:33 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

That wasn't so bad.  I thought it was funny even though I like the original. :smile:

Cheers,


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Re: Desiderata [Re: Peaceful_Nomad]
    #1310897 - 02/16/03 05:06 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

This was supposedly discovered in Old St. Paul's Church, Baltimore, and dated 1692. It was popular in poster form in the early 1970's, and I keep a copy in Bornkamm's book 'Paul.'


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