The Other I

August 2, 2011

Even with broken dreams

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.

excerpt from Desiderata

Max Ehrmann, lawyer in Tarre Haute, Indiana (1872-1945)

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2 Comments »

  1. amazing

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    Comment by kateritek — August 2, 2011 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, K. It is amazing, isn’t it? It’s one of those pieces of literature from which I really draw strength again and again.

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      Comment by Terry Sissons — August 3, 2011 @ 8:37 pm | Reply


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