Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
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 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 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 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.
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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
this is a poem I found one day while serfing the net. (someone mentioned it in a blog or something I think) so I was curious and looked it up. after reading it through I decided I had to save it somewhere for future reference, so I saved it as a blog draft, intending to put my thoughts on it down at some point and just have a general thought provoking post. so here are my thoughts:
being the owner of an online art and craft studio and store, work can tend to be quite noisey and haste, especially around the big holidays , is an understatement. I tend to forget the meaning of placidly, or peace, and silence. The stress can take me two ways, giving in too much, or not surrendering enough. It can be hard to listen to others, especially when they seem to want to take me away from what I've been working so hard on. The Aggressive and loud persons; unfortunately can sometimes be myself, and I need to stop that. Being Disciplined, and over-working are two very different things. Sometimes I tend to compare myself with those that I view as more successful, and use that as an excuse to beat myself up about not doing more, or why I'm doing so much, and not taking time off to have fun and recharge. Maybe some of you see yourselves doing the same things.... if so take a moment and really read this poem slowly, and think about what it is saying. Take better care of yourself, and enjoy life more!