Friday, December 30, 2005

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 disenchantmentit
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,
is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
This is a poem I wanted to share with you all…it’s by Max Ehrmann. A writer, poet and a thinker…this one goes out for you all…


Viks said...

This is beautifully written. Tells you that 'everyone is good in their own little way'

Lols - and I was talking about your avatar; kewl one!

Well, I noticed you're an animator. Maybe oneday you'll sketch me too :P

I like your side, Mr. Chipku's great and that Aru da Clown.

Alright, see you around.

Viks said...

side = site ...

Mad Guru said...

Beautiful poem. Great choice for the end of the year and start of the next. Happy New Year!

Goro said...

Happy New Year! All the Best for 2006

sarah said...

from pakistan.

marzenka said...

Thank You for sharing this wonderful poem with us :)
wish you all the best in uncomming New Year 2006
Take care Friend

Viks said...

Happy New Year to you as well. Hope you have blast this coming year ;)

Good Luck with everything, and thanks for dropping by :o)

Dave James said...

Wow! Gulzar I really love this poem. Thanks! It really helps.


Adriana said...

My grandfather had this poem posted on the wall for the longest time...not only is this a beaufitul piece, but it brought back good memories :)

And thank you for visiting my blog!

Radznand said...

Good read and great for contemplation.....