Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the rain, windy island of Nantucket! Merry Christmas to one and all, keeping perhaps this unknown poem of ‘yore part of a kind of ‘road map’ for the next century or two…hope you all have a great day and rest of the holiday season!
‘Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there maybe 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 with others, you become vain and bitter; for their will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for all 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.
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 to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond and wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees or 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 pace with your soul.
With all its sham drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Happy New Year!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M