Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Good Advice

I’m not usually one for quotes or inspirational poems, but on Sunday I ran across this. It was photocopied on a yellowing sheet of paper tucked into my Martha Stewart’s Good Things. Don’t know how long it had been there or where it came from. I suspect my mother put it there and later gave me the book. It seems like a good thing to share. So to speak.

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, for they too
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,
for it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes
of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; 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
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 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, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.

Found in Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore, dated 1692.

1 comment:

  1. Cricket,

    This is a wonderful poem, but I remembered there was a question about its origin. Just Googled (my favorite verb) and found this. I have no idea if this is accurate or not, but the article is very interesting anyway.

    As for the poem's message, I do hope the universe is unfolding as it should, because there are some days that are very scary. :)