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 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 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 perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to 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 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 c.1920…………………………………………and
ONE APRIL MORNING
Don’t know how to start the day
Drink my coffee or comb my hair
Turn on the radio or switch to TV
This April morning is not so easy.
So thanks if you asked a favor
Find my self a newstand therefore
But sorry,”What’s The News” had been sold out!
Worry not many choices can be had.
On my way saw the first choice of the day
Happy faces greet the morning with their play
But there’s a child as I turn to my right
My April morning she had turned to a night.
She wanted to join those happy faces
But she could not they should meet the day’s graces
One April morning could not be spared
To a busy child who has got no choices.
The first one tells us to be AT PEACE WITH GOD…….I remember when Jesus said PEACE BE WITH YOU……..He said it after He was betrayed by his disciples……..HE IS ASKING US TO PLACE OUR PEACE WITH HIM……even if we don’t deserve Him as we are sinners……..BE HUMBLE…….LIKE JESUS…….
The second one tells us to be merciful to those who suffer……..to those who are weak………to the poor……..