Desperacy and desideratapublished: 2009-05-20
Once upon a time, I was down and blue. It was taking months and I felt there was no way out. I couldn’t speak. The pressure of wanting to exhausted me. I decided to stay at a yogi’s home in the country. He had said noone in his household would expect me to say a word. Indeed, his children accepted me, the silent guest at their table. But at night, I couldn’t stop throwing up. One night, I called my mother crying. She arrived by sunrise and gave me this poem:
by Max Ehrmann
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.
truth quietly and clearly; and listen
dull and the ignorant;
have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are
vexations to the spirit.
compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
achievements as well as your plans.
interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real
possession in the changing fortunes of time.
caution in your business affairs,
world is full of trickery.
But let this
not blind you to what virtue there is;
strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially,
do not feign affection.
cynical about love;
for in the face
of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as
perennial as the grass.
the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not
distress yourself with dark imaginings.
are born of fatigue and loneliness.
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.
at peace with God, whatever you
conceive Him to be,
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.
Thank you for sharing. It resonates with me.
@T You’re welcome.