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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chapter 4, Page 15, Book 09

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


For many years a copy of the Desiderata held a place right in front of me on the wall at work. I thought it was a beautiful reminder of the way we should strive to live. I still do. I thought it was an anonymous writing found on an old church wall. It really was written by Max Ehrmann and seldom is he given credit for it. I checked it out on Scopes. That site seems to know about the truth of most anything and every thing.
I imagine there have been many things like that passed on through the years without the proper credit given. If I were an author whose works had been passed around the world with out any acknowledgement, I wonder how I’d feel. Would I feel proud that so many people admired my work or would I just want the credit due me?
It is Wednesday – Over the Hump Day and tomorrow is the last day of my work week as I have off on Friday and will be at the camper for a long weekend.
Tomorrow mornings entry will be the last for this one for this week, I thought I’d better tell you this just in case you miss me and wonder where I went…but then you already probably know that if I miss making an entry that is where I am.
One of these days maybe they’ll get an internet connection up on our hill, but til then I’ll be absent most weekends and occasional Fridays too.

The Cost is Small
By Author Unknown
Kindness has been described in many ways.
It is the poetry of the heart,
the music of the world.
It is a golden chain which binds society together.
It is a fountain of gladness.
Kind hearts are more than coronets.
Kind words produce their own beautiful image in man's soul.
Everyone knows the pleasure of receiving a kind look,
a warm greeting, a hand held out in time of need.
And such gestures can be made at so little expense,
yet they bring such dividends to the investor
I hope your day is filled with a few SMILES and
Lots of SUNSHINE to warm your heart.

‘On Ya’-ma


Anonymous said...

Oh wow...will you be missed??? you betcha...and probably a little jealous of you and your camping week end...and that's ok...cause I can just tell how much you enjoy your time away...hope the weather is good...some rain...some sunshine here...thanks for a beautiful (as always) posting...happy day and week end...Ora in KY

Hollie said...

I have never read Desiderata before. It's such a lovely piece. I'm glad that you will have a longer weekend at the camper...I will miss you, but you just enjoy!

Joyful Days said...

Yes you will be missed, but glad you will have a long & lovely weekend. How fun!

(()) & prayers,


Carlene Noggle said...

You enjoy your camping trip!!!
love ya,

Linda :) said...

It's really here again! Camping time at Camp Rainey!!!! Enjoy!!

Scrappy quilter said...

You will definitely be missed. I so enjoy your words of wisdom. Have a wonderful time camping.

Janie said...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend... but sure you will. :) Have enough fun for me too. :) God Bless, Janie said...

Have a fun weekend. I hope it is pretty for you.