Monday, October 31, 2005

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember,
What peace there maybe in silence. As far as possible,
Without surrender be on good terms
with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly, clearly; and listen to
others, even the dull and ignorant; they too
have their say.
Avoid loud and aggressive person; they
are vexatious 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
be humble; it is real possession in the
changing of fortunes of time;
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world
is full of trickstery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many people
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 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 the child of the universe, no less
than the trees and the stars; you have
the right to be here. And
Therefore be at peace with
God, whatever you may conceive
him to be, and whatever your
labours and aspirations in the
noisy confusions of life, keep
peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and
broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be careful. Strive to be
happy.

5 comments:

Rita said...

Beautiful poem. It reminds me of Rudyard Kipling's "If". Dunno whether you would agree :D

. : A : . said...

Well written. Worldly.

Mrudula said...

Zen philosophy.

still_figuring_out said...

"Speak your truth quietly, clearly; and listen toothers, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their say."

i can`t agree more!

Just A Human said...

"But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but to me
The entirely beautiful."