This is a famous prose poem by Max Ehrmann who is known to have composed it in 1927.
“Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 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 labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy!”
We want to be happy, independent and free in our lives. We associate happiness with the things that we want most, may that be a job, object, partner or an experience.
I want the same things too and i have been running form pillar to post trying to achieve “Happiness”. But what i fail to register in my constantly buzzing mind is that happiness is right here, this moment. It is in the heartbeat, the inhalation, the sound of running water and even the hum of an air conditioner!
There are days when i fail to register the magnificence of the universe, because i am so caught up in my always planning head. And there are days where even an auto driver’s driving reminds me of how nature takes care of us! Today is one of those days, where i am choosing to share my thoughts with you.
I love this poem. Because it talks about maintaining your inner calm despite the storm outside. It is very easy to get lost in the chaos of the world, but it takes skill, perseverance and dedication to stick to your integrity, honesty and centredness to remain untouched by the events of ever changing world. That’s my true aim, TO BE.
I care about my words, i care about my behaviour with strangers and family and promises that i make. I wish i could drop my desire completely and just be one with my self. No regrets, no heart breaks, just help people to be happy and smile genuinely!
Life is a mystery because the journey i have had till date has been nothing short of spectacular! Its been a myriad seemingly un-connected roads which have shaped me into the individual that i am today. It has given me so many gifts, some by taking away my false realities and some in form of friends like Vinay for whom words aren’t enough!
All the gifts that nature has so compassionately bestowed upon me have made me even more grateful and in awe of its benevolence and love. Sometimes i rebuke myself for committing a mistake and don’t forgive myself easily.But i should remember that nature loves me very dearly like it does every single being on this planet. If it can forgive me for all my wrong doings then i can be more gentle and compassionate with myself. By practicing compassion with myself, only then can i be more forgiving and understanding with others. Only then can i rise up to be a sensitive and strong leader.
I received a mail today from a dearest friend of mine with whom i have adored for long.She is doing a absolutely wonderful work in the north east states of our country and bridging gap between them and other states in the light of racial disharmony and government negligence. She inspires me a LOT. I wish i was strong as her, as determined as her, to be able to give up every comfort and desire and be dedicated towards serving the society and bringing a smile in to all the faces!
I am incredibly lucky to know such lucky souls who have given up their life of comfort and self desire to serve the not so fortunate to and give them a sense of peace, calm and love into their lives. When i meet them i am awed by the glow on their face and the smile on their lips! They tell me stories about their adventures which makes me feel so ashamed of my whimsical like complaints. They live and serve in conditions which would be highly challenging for an urban bred guy like me. But yet they continue despite the challenges with a indomitable spirit and iron clad commitment.
I am surrounded by inspiration! All i need is the strength to take the next step
All i need is the blessing of my Gurudev and my best friends to be truly free from my wants and Just Be!