It's been a busy, fulfilling, also vexing, agitated week, with no art work done. But, I feel very satisfied today, so we will consider it a good week. A lot was accomplished, both physically and mentally. I am at Peace.
Then today I had a message in the comments of the Ocean painting, from a wonderful artist Lesly Finn about the latest writings, I had added to my profile, that I have valued and read for many years, and she wanted to send the same to her daughter in England, who is going thru a bad time. It was so nice to see something like that passed on to someone else. It really made my day. That took me into my files to reread more of my sayings and poetry, that I have collected over the years. One really stood out to me today, so I'm posting it, and hope it catches someone's attention, like it caught mine.
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.
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.
Strive to be happy.
- Max Ehrmann -
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