Rhyme Time: Desiderata

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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

We have been assigned to memorize this poem back in elementary school and I have to be honest that I have not taken this poem seriously like it deserves to be until now. I like how the author made use of simple words and reminders. With just a few lines he was able to tell us to live good lives and appreciate what we have. This has to be the poem of my life (well, next to those of Neruda and Poe) but God let me be mindful of this everyday.

Good morning! It’s a brand new day and I’m a lot worse but I can’t close my eyes and sleep. I thank the Lord for everything I have now – my life, my family, my friends, everyone and everything. And I wish to not forget about doing random acts of kindness each day, to share my blessings, to keep peace with everyone and be aware that I’m just a steward of God that I must learn how to forgive and ask for forgiveness, to love, to give and not ask for something in return.

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