02 July 2011

Another gift of wisdom

"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 and 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 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 is there; many persons strive for high ideas; 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 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 the child of the universe, no less than trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universie is unfolding as it should -- therefore be at peace with God, 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 --"

Posters note: These words of wisdom were found in Old St. Paul's Church, Baltimore, Maryland 1692