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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 to the dull and the 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 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-Written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s



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Please comment to be added! This is because I can be lame and forget to friend people, and otherwise for my comfort level. Feel free to poke! The original picture from which this banner was made is by soconvinced @ ij.

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chikyu_star
May. 28th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Oh, hi. I read your review of the book "American Writing in the Postwar Decade" and found it very neat compared to other reviews about books that have potential to seem much more interesting. Then I took a look at your profile and previous posts and found you interesting, so I'm adding you. I hope you don't mind!
rugbybaby
May. 28th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I don't mind at all and am adding back.
robertlyon
May. 31st, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I love that quote.
rugbybaby
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
It keeps me sane on challenging days. Glad you like it!
robertlyon
Jun. 1st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
mind if I add you?
rugbybaby
Jun. 2nd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Not at all! Adding you now.
robertlyon
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
coolllllll.....I added you back.
readytodream
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
MARY ANNE, I MADE AN LJ :]

i also just spun around in my chair a bunch of times, so now i am dizzy :|
readytodream
Oct. 27th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
AM I GOING TO SAY WHO THIS IS? NO, NO I THINK NOT.
rugbybaby
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
AND YOU DIDN'T EVEN ADD ME.

Are you still dizzy?
readytodream
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
YES. WELL. For some reason I thought you needed to add me before I could add you. Why do I fail at life? :|

Nope! Although now I do want to spin around again :/
rugbybaby
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Aww you do not fail at life. I suppose I kind of made that strange in the post, and you... actually followed that. Except I don't know why you did.

Because you are a puffin and that is what puffins do. Clearly.
readytodream
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
hahahaha I DON'T KNOW, EITHER :/

Hell yeah!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Che un bel post. Adoro leggere questi tipi o articoli. Posso? T aspettare di vedere ciò che altri hanno da dire..
rugbybaby
Jan. 24th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Grazie! I'd be happy to add your journal.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Infine, ha ottenuto quello che stavo cercando! Io sicuramente godendo ogni po 'di essa. Contento mi sono imbattuto in questo articolo! sorriso che ti ho salvato per verificare cose nuove di postare.
memulynx
Apr. 14th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!

rugbybaby
Apr. 14th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
frankbook
Sep. 5th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, this piece totally speaks to me! Hope you don't mind if I post it to my journal as well? Also, mind if I add you as a friend? Always looking for more active and interesting LJ friends!
rugbybaby
Sep. 6th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm glad it spoke to you! I'm glad to have it handy when the situation beckons. Adding you back now!
frankbook
Dec. 3rd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Btw, who is that in this picture here?
rugbybaby
Dec. 12th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
That would be Mr. Jensen Ackles. I heart him bunches, though I haven't watched his show, Supernatural, in a long time.
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