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 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 Ehrman

HeavenBesideYou HeavenBesideYou
41-45, F
6 Responses Mar 18, 2009

I have always loved these verses ever since I was a child. Every morning one of the radio stations used play a version with lovely music in the background.<br />
Thanks again, I can read read this poem too often!

You're welcome My. It got me through so much. I had it hanging next to my bed and when I was troubled, reading it would calm my heart and soul, and reasure me that things were unfolding as they were meant to.

This has always been one of my favorite poems. I had it in a fr<x>ame for years and would read it often. I don't know what happened to it, but I miss reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Mother... I have learned that if you can find peace in your heart, you will be at peace regardless of what life throws your way. Hugs.

Good for you Anna2! My Sweetie told me that a lot of the card quotes I was loving came from this poem so I looked it up. It sure has gotten me through some rough times... Nice to meet you too! Hugs.

Yes, my favorite poem. I live my life by these words. . . think I may have found my soul mate!<br />
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Nice to meet ya girlfriend! :)