Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Extracts: a memory of my younger days


    Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 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 or 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 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 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

    Strive to be happy.

    --- Max Ehrmann, 1927


Some of you might remember this as a 'pop' hit in the 1970s. 


snafu said...

Both are familiar, my forst wife liked it a lot.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi AJ .. and you printed out the words - I was going to, then decided to put in the history bit instead .. and the link to Les Crane speaking the poem, which has been added to with appropriate slides ...

Glad I did as Gary remembers hearing Radio KGO up in Seattle ...

You certainly beat me to it by 9 months! ... what are we gestating?

Happy New Year and have a very good 2013 - cheers Hilary