Tuesday, October 12, 2010


This poem is one that I had in poster form on my wall
as a teen (many decades ago), it was written in the 1920's
which goes to show you the more things change
the more they remain the same.  To this day, I love this
poem, it truly says it all!

"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 vexatious 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 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 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~

(photo via here)


Just Martha said...

This is so wonderful, especially as it is nearly 100 years old. What beautiful words.....

Kristin said...

Wow, so many wise words here!!!

Tracy said...

Truly beautiful and inspiring. You must have taken it to heart because I think it describes you perfectly! xxoo

Lori said...

What a wonderful verse Cathi ~ I can see why you love it. xo

jociegal said...

Wow - this was really beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

Jacqueline said...

Well Cathy,
If we follow that advice we can't go wrong.As you say....the years can go by but many things never change. XXXX

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

That's just beautiful and still really holds true in today's world. Amazing. Thanks for sharing. Have a good end of week. Love from London x


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