Sunday, November 07, 2010

In honor of the 1000th post, on this blog, for you all.


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


  1. What a wonderful inspirational writer you are. Beautiful post. Thankyou.

  2. Well done on 1000 posts and thank you for reminding us of these inspirational words.

  3. Oh a special mention on your 1000th post. What an honour. I love Desiderata. I must put it on my wall. Congratulations to you Bea. I love your blog.

  4. 1000 posts! Wow, that is really something! :) Congrats to you Bea! I have enjoyed your blog since I found you. Oh btw did I tell you I sold the "blue chair" piece you inspired me to create! You have inspired me quite a bit in all these posts! :)

  5. Thanks everybody. And, here's to another 1000 what the heck. :)Bea

  6. I so love this poem...I have a copy laminated on a plaque...I must seek it out and hang it where I can read this every morning. Peace, Mary Helen
    Happy 1000!!! whew that is quite a feat!