It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chapter 4, Page 17, Book 14

Finally some signs of Spring are popping up everywhere!


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 vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become bitter or vain, 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 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 the 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

Today’s focus:

Give up giving up----hang in there!

I used to keep a copy of the Desiderata on the wall right in front of my computer so that I’d see it every day.  I worked at a very fast paced job where problems seemed to be around every corner.  Reading this good advice seemed to calm me and put me in a place where I could tackle the stress of the job.  

Years later, long after I left that job and went to another one, I kept it right there in front of me because it was still good advice and even now after I’ve retired, It is still the best of advice for my everyday life.

When something is good you keep it.

It's not the outlook but the UP look that counts. Keep looking up friends

When you reach the bottom, there is only one way to go, UP


betty said...

That is good advice there; I'm sure just seeing it close to that job helped you when things got a bit hectic.

So true to keep looking up, there's always silver linings even in the worst of circumstances.


Rose said...

Yes, there is always a silver lining. Have to think positive.


Gosh I loved your blog post today. I haven't heard Desiderata
in years and here it was. Thank you.

jack69 said...

I like the way you found to combat the stress of the day. SWEET!

Love from NC

jack69 said...

I like the way you found to combat the stress of the day. SWEET!

Love from NC