26 May 2007

Blog Your Blessings Sunday : Desiderata

Great Skellig Island, Ireland 1977Great Skellig Island, Ireland
Photograph by James P. Blair
National Geographic


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 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


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7 comments:

Blue Panther said...

It truly is a beautiful world!

Happy BYB Sunday, CyberCelt, and hope you have a great week ahead.

Timber said...

Beautiful picture. "strive to be happy"....I love it!

Blessings!

Timber
http://www.timberleaves.wordpress.com

(Formally Bella's Echo)

Kuanyin said...

Desiderata is one of my favorites. Mahalo for posting it again--I never tire of reading it! Happy BYB Sunday!

Sandy Carlson said...

Skellig Island is indeed a beautiful place. Thanks for bringing it back to moe today. Desiderata--need to read all the time. Thanks for that, too.

Standing under the Sky said...

I have always appreciated this prayer.

stev said...

both the pic & the words are indeed... priceless

printing it out to put on my cubicle for this week :D

CyberCelt said...

@neo-Thank you. I had to find something special to go with the saying.

@timberleaves-We must all strive to be happy... we have lost the capacity to live happy.

@kuanyin-Mahalo for stopping by.

@sandy carlson-Wow! Skellig Island looks like a sacred space to me. How did you find it?

@standing under the sky-You have many blogs and sites. Thank you for visiting.

@stev-If it helps you, I am glad that I posted it. Bless you.

Thank you all for visiting my blog. I am honored today with your presence.

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