These are difficult times, for so many people, everywhere. But this piece of poetry still applies, and might help more in these times than ever before. I reblogged this post from 2010.
People tend to make self assessments at the end of the year. Sometimes they end up with good results, sometimes they’re not so happy with the results. When I get to thinking too deeply occasionally, I know it’s time to go back and read one of my favorite things ever. Maybe you’ll want to consider this in your own self assessment.
— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —
Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there…
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