Bits of Truth

“Go placidly amidst 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 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 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.”

poem: Desiderata ~ by Max Ehrmann (American writer, poet, and attorney)

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6 thoughts on “Bits of Truth

  1. I like your creativity Sherry…especially enjoyed “Desiderata” by Max. I look forward to connecting more with you through your “Soiled Wings” blog. Today the earth is cleansed as it covered with a spring snow storm here in the northwest. Enjoying the quiet as I listen and watch the birds feed in my backyard. So happy to accommodate their needs…thankful for closure of business so I could enjoy today doing whatever I desire.

    • Thank you Carol. Your day sounds beautiful, peaceful, and full of sweet nature’s bliss. Enjoy. I’m going to start having a similar day with a sunny 70 degree Northern California spring day.

  2. Thank you Sherry… a great reminder for this day. It sparked in my imagination a story of my youth about a painting competition. The artists were asked to depict “Peace” in their art. Many drew/painted scenes of blissful contentment and tranquillity. But the winning entry was the image of a bird feeding its young in the nest, cradled in the bough of a tree overhanging a raging cataract.

    Peace is not the circumstances, rather the heart resting in God in the midst of any circumstance.

    Grace and Peace,

      • I’m not sure if the “real” painting actually ever existed. The story, as far as I have been able to find, is not “true” in the historic sense… Like many preachers stories, it is fiction… yet like parables is truer than if it happened. That being said, I would be surprised if some artist has not used this story as an inspiration for some great piece/peace…

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