On this day, I've chosen to tell you a wee little story.
When I was in Grade 6...in Mr.Bernard's class,
he had the whole class learn and recite this following poem,
written originally by Max Ehrmann


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 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

(Max Ehrmann)

This poem has stuck with me my whole life and I believe
wholeheartedly in the virtues and morals it teaches.
Lines from it will just pop into my head on different occasions, helping me
throughout the years to deal with others as well as myself.

On this day in the United States, enjoy your loved ones,
enjoy yourselves and have a
Happy Thanksgiving!
11/24/2011 09:49:20 am

Great words to live by, Wendy. So glad you shared this. By the way, I received your Sally List comment this morning and responded, but your email is set to "No Reply" so it bounced back. (You can change that in your Blogger settings if you want to.) Here's what I said:

Way to go Wendy! I'm so glad you stopped by with your update. It encourages us all! Best wishes and prayers for a complete recovery for your neighbor.


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