Saturday, October 1, 2011

The pursuit of happiness

This is something I picked up somewhere - not sure where now. But it spoke to me... I tried to correct some of the misspellings... I think I'll keep a page on here dedicated to 'happiness.'

The Desiderata, by 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 with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, 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 there will always be greater and lesser persons than you.

Enjoy your achievments 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 the virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love: for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture the 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 labours 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.

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