be careful, strive to be happy.

October 16, 2013

We used to hang a sign with the famous words, Keep Calm, Carry On on the back of our front door in our dorm when I was a freshman in college. We would joke that it was the only thing that got us through finals week ... and some really bad first dates. Now if there was only some way I could shorten Desiderata (but really, all of it's so good) I feel like it's some of my favorite bits of advice and it's worth reading again and again and again and again (or at least every morning when I walk out the door.)

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 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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.
-Max Ehrmann

4 comments:

radailyledger said...

this is absolutely beautiful! Love ya Kels.

Brittany said...

"and everywhere life is full of heroism."

I'd hang all of this on a poster on the back of my door too, if I could. This is one of the best mantras to live by I think I've ever read.

My name is Lydia said...

i love this. thank you for that!

Anonymous said...

Gee wiz. That is amazing.

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