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peacefriday bolton abbey poem desiderata


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My entry for peacefriday....


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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Oct 26 2007 01:21 GMT Midworlder PRO
Apart from the message it is a perfect photo
Oct 26 2007 01:21 GMT Poulet PRO
Great shot and wonderful message!
Great entry!

Have a beautiful weekend, Meg! :))
Oct 26 2007 01:31 GMT alhoafun
nice shot -don't miss the windows at all!
Oct 26 2007 02:00 GMT aquiles PRO
Oct 26 2007 03:06 GMT larrybenedict
I can not help but imagine the building of this church so many years ago. What craftsmanship. Thank you also for the words of Max Ehrmann. The picture, the words... wonderful all the way around.
Oct 26 2007 03:08 GMT jomoud PRO
Wow Meg. A wonderful photo to go with the words of Desiderata.
Although age old the words are as valid today as they were when written.
Marvelous entry.
Have a wonderful and above all peaceful weekend my dear friend.
Oct 26 2007 05:38 GMT sini
Wonderful image! Great entry!:)
Oct 26 2007 06:38 GMT Tavascarow
Oct 26 2007 09:23 GMT iyerhari
Oct 26 2007 09:37 GMT LizSA
just so beautiful..... such true words....
if only we could practice it all....but .. helaas... we are human..we can only strive to
be perfect..... !! and then we will have peace...
I am feeling very peacefull at this moment
Oct 26 2007 10:00 GMT dalesgateway
Another nice shot of the abbey.
Oct 26 2007 10:32 GMT maxelkat
Great photo Meg :)
Oct 26 2007 12:06 GMT mariazinha32
just beautiful...
great entry ...wish you a wonderful weekend my friend
Oct 26 2007 12:49 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you so much Roger.
Oct 26 2007 12:51 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Poulet, glad you liked the words they have often brought comfort.
Oct 26 2007 12:51 GMT megmet PRO
Gracias aquiles. :-)
Oct 26 2007 12:53 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Larry, I will post more of the Abbey later and you will then get the feel of this lovely place all the more....enjoy! :-))
Oct 26 2007 12:58 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you John.... The words have always had great meaning to me; they are even the ones used on my bookmark and are still very relevant even in this modern world.

Have a good weekend my friend and don't overwork that shoulder!
Oct 26 2007 13:47 GMT hans55 PRO
great foto's of this wonderfull building ...and perfect words !!
Oct 26 2007 14:02 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you so much Hans.

Have a good weekend my friend. :-)
Oct 26 2007 14:33 GMT Pietje
Fantastic entry picture and wonderful words...

Have a nice weekend...
Oct 26 2007 14:46 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Pietje.
Oct 26 2007 14:52 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you! :-))
Oct 26 2007 14:53 GMT voodoo23
beautiful idea from beautiful mind ;o)
Oct 26 2007 14:56 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you voodoo23. :-))
Oct 26 2007 16:29 GMT caferr
nice work...
Oct 26 2007 18:30 GMT backstreets PRO
Excellent entry , together with beautiful words...!!
have a great weekend
Oct 26 2007 22:22 GMT Bowser
Great entry, brilliant words.
Oct 26 2007 22:24 GMT jceca PRO
absolutely fantastic words & photo !!!!!!!
have a happy weekend, meg ... :-)
Oct 26 2007 22:29 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Fernando, glad you like the words. :-)
Oct 26 2007 22:30 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Bowser, have a great weekend. :-)
Oct 26 2007 22:30 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Svet...hope you have a fabulous weekend too! :-)
Oct 27 2007 04:45 GMT PhotoPro PRO
Meg this is a fantastic entry!!!

I hope you have a great weekend!!
Oct 28 2007 15:21 GMT senna3
Beautiful words and such a wonderful illustration!
Oct 28 2007 15:30 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you Bill.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend too!
Oct 28 2007 15:31 GMT megmet PRO
Thank you so much for all your very kind comments Peter, I really appreciate them all.