Thoughts to Share
2002-07-27 03:22:25 (UTC)

...no less than the trees and the stars...

This is something that was read at my brother's
graduation. I liked it and finally found a copy of it.
Forgive all spelling errors. I don't think I proofed it.
Maybe someone else will enjoy it too.

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 other people--even
the dull and ignorant; they, too, have their story. Avoid
the loud and aggressive; 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 career, however humble,
for 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 fain affection; neither be cynical about
love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it
is as personal 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; 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.
Strive to be happy.