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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as is possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud & aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & 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 & 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 imaginings. Many fears are born out of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & 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 labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann.

Listen to the song here……

And see a long but lovely video of the poem here…..
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Jan 02 2009 02:37 GMT teddybear2
Great entry and words Meg
Jan 02 2009 04:25 GMT jomoud PRO
Excellent entry Meg.
Thanks for putting the Desiderata up here.
Hope you and John have a happy and peaceful New Year
Jan 02 2009 06:08 GMT sini
Great peace entry!:)
Jan 02 2009 06:51 GMT marijke06
nice words, nice image....fantastic entry for this theme!
Jan 02 2009 08:13 GMT senna3
Beautiful entry and words!
Jan 02 2009 10:39 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Excellent entry Meg both photo and choice of words!
Jan 02 2009 10:55 GMT lizzieb
Wonderful entry and words Meg. Perfect infact.
Jan 02 2009 13:49 GMT lynnj04
Lovely words and a lovely entry :-))
Jan 02 2009 15:20 GMT martini957
Wonderful entry & song my friend
Jan 02 2009 19:02 GMT otilia
great peace entry¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
Jan 03 2009 00:34 GMT potterjo
beautifully done
Jan 03 2009 01:14 GMT Poulet PRO
Wonderful entry and words, Meg!!!
Jan 03 2009 17:16 GMT LizSA
thankyou Meg.....

beautiful thoughts...
Jan 07 2009 02:15 GMT jceca PRO
stunning entry