Saturday, November 13, 2010


    If there is a poem that sums up my view of the World, it is this one.  So I thought I'd share:
    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 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 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 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, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

"Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." 

We have this quote framed in our boat.

Thank you to Peggy Mooney for telling me of this poem, and to Scott for finding it for me.

Brittany (& Scott)


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Wise and beautiful words!

Anonymous said...

Posted aboard Westsail 32 Satori "Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections".
Just remember, although someplace might seem no big deal today, tomorrow is a different day. Enjoy each day as a gift. Accept the good, accept the bad. One without the other would make for a very dull day.
I am really enjoying the blog. Ken

Melissa's Life on a Page said...

Thank you for sharing! I love this. It is timeless and wise advice. I am definitely saving this poem for future reference.

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