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 Post subject: Desiderata
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:08 pm 
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Desiderata

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 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 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.



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 Post subject: Re: Desiderata
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 2:19 pm 

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DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.


each time I hear / read Desiderata different parts of it stand out and this time it is these lines - thanks for posting it -



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:11 pm 
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Thanks for posting this, DITHOT. I look forward to reading it, I love seeing what makes Johnny tick, what he's really really interested. I also look forward to my first ONBC discussion :blush: :cool:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 12:07 am 
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kristen wrote: Thanks for posting this, DITHOT. I look forward to reading it, I love seeing what makes Johnny tick, what he's really really interested. I also look forward to my first ONBC discussion
:blush: :cool: -K


kristen, glad you are going to join us! :cool:



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:08 am 
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This is true Inspiration (and a good gentle kick in the pants!)...thank you for posting it, ladies.
:lilyrose: x, Chocolat ~



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 11:17 am 
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Chocolate wrote: This is true Inspiration (and a good gentle kick in the pants!)...thank you for posting it, ladies.
x, Chocolat ~


Chocolat, we're glad you are joining us! Thank you for your daily inspiration! :angel:



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 6:04 pm 
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I love the Desiderata. It's on the wall in my house and it's such a great read especially for inspiration.



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Captain Fred Scissorhands wrote: I love the Desiderata. It's on the wall in my house and it's such a great read especially for inspiration.


Good to see you over at ONBC Captain Fred. :wave: It is a wonderful inspiration. I hope you will come join our discussion! :cool:



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