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mojo    Posted 08-25-2004 at 06:06:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
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.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to 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 possesion 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 the counsel of years, gracefully surrender 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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

Found in Old Saint Pauls Church, dated 1692

I clipped out this when I was about 12 years old and have tried to live by it. Thought maybe others would be interested.

big fred    Posted 08-25-2004 at 12:01:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Desiderata", author Max Ehrmann, 1952

Patria    Posted 08-25-2004 at 18:43:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cool that you posted the complete poem. Didn't know the about the author either.

mojo    Posted 08-25-2004 at 17:44:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'll be darn! Doesn't matter where it came from (thank goodness I didn't claim authorship!), it still talks to me.


DD    Posted 08-25-2004 at 08:48:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like that! It'll look good on the fridge with all the others, Thanks Mojo. You've Definitely got your mojo working today : ) This was a cute one too I thought: Your daily moments of Zen:

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either; just leave me the hell alone. (I say: Just walk beside me and hold my hand) : )

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time do it.

4. S*x is like air. It's not important unless you aren't getting any.

5. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

6. No one is listening until you pass gas.

7. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

8. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

9. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

10. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

11. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

13. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

14. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

15. Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.

16. Don't worry; it only seems kinky the first time.

17. Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

18. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

19. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

20. Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

21. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

22. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

23. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

24. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

25. We are born naked, wet, and hungry, and get slapped on our rear ... then things get worse.

EngineerJoyce    Posted 08-25-2004 at 07:06:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is now on my office door.

deadcarp    Posted 08-25-2004 at 06:29:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Excellent advice mojo - the most dangerous enemy you'll ever meet lives inside your own head. :)

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-25-2004 at 06:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very timly message there MOJO, though I am sure last night's jousting was all in fun.
Later Bob

mojo    Posted 08-25-2004 at 11:42:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
It wasn't aimed at anything specifically, but now that you mention it....!HA!
The clipping is 2"x3" and getting ratty, plus my eyesight isn't what it used to be, so I decided to copy and enlarge. Glad folks enjoyed.

Patria    Posted 08-25-2004 at 06:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks mojo..gonna save this one.
Take Care

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