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go placidly...

By blondspice
A long time ago I came accross this beautifully written piece by an anonymous monk in Baltimore Maryland; Max Ehrmann disovered and published it in 1927. It is both soothing and inspirational and I would love to share it with everyone.


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 vexations 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 not this 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.


Tags: Photo journalism General Art Garden Peaceful Flowers and plants Peace Tranquility Poetry Wisdom Literature Prose Desiderata Knowledge Kindness

Voters: andylea, lesarnott, Mynett and 9 more

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andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2011 7:33AM
wonderful colour and tones krystal brilliant colour and detail beautiful words i like this a lot nice one Wink
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2011 8:34AM
wonderful words to go with this peaceful setting
blondspice 10 7 United States
19 Jan 2011 3:22PM
Thanks so much for looking and kind comments.
But... what happened to my votes??????????
All my votes are GONE for my past 5 uploads!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone is messing with me.
Alvar 14 23 2 France
19 Jan 2011 3:55PM
Two minds thinking Peace today.(see mine) Nice shot and narrative Krystal
19 Jan 2011 7:11PM
Nice composition, color, structure, and lighting, Krystal; the walkway sets the mood, and having it available at a moment when it was untrafficed gives the image a much quieter "tone" than it might othrwise have had. Goes very well with Ehrmann's "Desiderata." The dynamic range was very well handled, too. (The "vote" box has now been relocated to just below the photograph itself... and who knows for whatever reason that might have been; except, perhaps to encourage more voting? And, I just noticed -- when I opened your image up -- that an "add comment" box has also been located there now, too. You don't have to scroll down to the bottom of all the comments, before you realize that you can leave one. When I voted, it now reads "Success Vote Added," directly under the image.

jabe 10 10 4 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2011 7:24PM
You can have a thousand votes from me, all is stardust,the way to happiness is simple,remember what goes around comes around,give more expect less.Where did that come from ,i feel monkish here at work tonight,we have a full moon shining outside,so at midnight i will go outside and howl at the moon.Hope all is well with you on your side of this beautiful planet of our's,blessings to you all.
Frase 12 Scotland
19 Jan 2011 7:36PM
Wonderful image .
Inspiring words .
Thanks Don
blondspice 10 7 United States
19 Jan 2011 7:53PM
THANKS EVERYONE, I noticed that the votes are BACK ! Earlier today they read ZERO... !!! They must have been tweaking it when I looked. Thanks Jabe for your wisdom, that sturdast will fall upon us by nightfall and illuminate our hearts and minds Wink
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2011 8:10PM
Beautiful peaceful scene and such appropriate words.

NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
19 Jan 2011 9:32PM
hi sent them, E,PHOTO, a message before, they are still working on the upgrade,there are a number of issues still to be sorted .nice tranquill scene good colour.
19 Jan 2011 9:40PM
Krystal, the votes are back on. Very nice peaceful shot; goes with the writeup. I remember from way back had a poster. Great wisdom. Jamm
Peagreen Plus
10 1 1 England
20 Jan 2011 12:29AM
Beautiful and tranquil scene, Krystal,lovely colour and detail. Such beautiful words to go with a beautiful capture.
take care....Pauline
Techno Plus
12 6.0k 8 England
24 Jan 2011 11:02AM
Very peaceful image Krystal, I used to have the Desiderata on display for my Engineers to peruse on those days when things did not go according to plan, seemed to work..

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