Go Placidly

Lenten Reading for Saturday, March 16, 2013:

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 to 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. 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 to 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

Submitted by Bernadette Shouvlin

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