Desiderata

Desiderata
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.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even 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 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 with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata,
Copyright 1952.

Desiderata
in Latin means “things that are yearned for”

I have the books Desiderata for Cat Lovers and for Horse Lovers, with this poem. What really struck me was the foreword about the copyright infringement and confusion of who originally wrote it. 

So for this #Caturday I wanted to share what I started my day reading. I know this photo is not in the book I read but thought I’d share a recent one of my two.

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As I keep going thru books to list on Paperback Swap I read something else that resonated with me yesterday …

The best time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. 

I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, trying to work on the house plans, book covers, photoshoots, promoting my cat books, keeping up with everyday things, starting tax stuff, that again I didn’t keep up with all along, Thanksgiving, Christmas plans, listing stuff as we scale down on SellingVille.com and still trying to take time to enjoy a cuddle with my cats, a walk in the woods, time with my hubby, some photography, and finding time to edit the photos I shoot for pleasure, plus learn my new camera, oh and go thru the pics I took this year to make my yearly calendar… AHHH relax 🙂

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