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  • 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 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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann 1927

    "its MY favourite song"
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  • Oh, sorry! I dozed off for a moment.
    If I were dead, could I do this?
  • how about if i read it to you ;)
    "its MY favourite song"
  • Do! and in a monotonous tone, please.
    If I were dead, could I do this?
  • I'm sure that's in my range
    "its MY favourite song"
  • And in the buff.
    If I were dead, could I do this?
  • I have always liked Desiderata, but I like this one better.

    "LIfe is not about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain.".

  • hmmm
    "its MY favourite song"
  • In case anyone is not familiar with Desiderata.  Bump.  Kinda reminds me of Candide.
    Post edited by Whickwithy at 2017-03-13 05:56:12
  • ^ sounds almost infectious. Those are some excellent rules to live by. Here's one I wrote-

    "Life is like a box of chocolates..oh wait, that wasn't chocolate."
    U R I E L
    What is done in the dark will always come to light

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