matted and framed prints and
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.
by Max Ehrmann
©1927 by Max Ehrmann, all
rights reserved. © renewed 1954 by Bertha Ehrmann.
Reprinted by permission Robert L. Bell.