Sunday, June 17, 2007


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 to have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If

you compare yourself to 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 cynical

about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as

perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of 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


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


Be cheerful.