The re-discovery of happiness … day 30

I want to end this series with my father’s favorite poem.  He would have me recite this over and over for up to an hour whenever I was in trouble.  And boy…  I was always in trouble, so I must have recited this poem hundreds of times!  Yet, it didn’t sink in until now.

Once you’ve read it, you will be amazed that it was written almost a century ago.


Go placidly amidst 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 vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy 

~ Max Ehrmann 1927 

It’s the end of this journey, thank you for joining me!  It’s bitter-sweet because it has changed me in a very positive way and I don’t want it to end.  But at the same time, I am excited to get started with the next series… Yes I’m doing another one, it will be a surprise – to be published on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!

16 thoughts on “The re-discovery of happiness … day 30

  1. Wonderful piece! That Max Ehrmann is something else, and yes the sentiment still holds true today! Timeless! I have enjoyed this series Christine, and look forward to what you are bringing to us on Monday! Have a good weekend too…will be extraordinarily hot here. May be a colada night. Up for one?

      1. Try hot cocoa with a shot of Grand Marnier. It tastes just like a tootsie roll! Hugs back at you! What time for cocktails so that we can toast together? 🙂

  2. Nooo! I’m so sad it’s ending! haha. But I’m excited to see what you have prepared for the next series :). I loved the poem so much, I’m going to handwrite it for my dad to give to him on Father’s day!! Thanks for the love message you send every day!!

    1. Oh Erika what a great idea! I’m sure he will love it. I hope the next series will enlighten us too, I’m looking forward to getting started. Take care and have a great weekend!

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