When you're feeling low take comfort in these wise words

By HealthDoc Latest Reply 2010-12-06 19:28:39 -0600
Started 2010-08-12 12:59:53 -0500

As a diabetes educator I know that emotions play such an important part of diabetes self-care, I wanted to share this with all of you.


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.

Be yourself.
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.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

3 replies

addia 2010-12-06 19:28:39 -0600 Report

I think that the desiderata is one of the most powerful things ever written. It is the way we all should live our lives. Thank you for the reminder. Something my Mother always liked is the serenity prayer. It goes something like this: God grant me the power to change the things I can change, the strength to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Harlen 2010-08-12 13:18:25 -0500 Report

Thats good but I still think that speak softly and cary a big stick works LOL
Treat others as you treat yourself and if you can not do that walk away from them .
I know its not fancey but it is how I try to live
Best wishes all

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