Friday, June 20, 2008

I'm getting tired of noisy people

from w
A problem for me is when and how to say to noisy people - 'Hey, button up, let other people talk! Or just listen to the silence.' But I am a wimp - I just sigh and don't say a word, though I simmer instead. The dilemma is wanting to keep a friendship but also advice the noisy ones to calm down, stop being self-centred, and listen to other people. They have value too! This puts me in mind of a poster I had up on the kitchen wall one time until it got really tattered. It's such a well-known prose-poem but it still resonates with excellent advice. Apparently copyright is claimed but it's been circulated for many years and reprinted a million times so it's in the public domain. The drawing above of Ema and her baby - well that is the kind of softness and quietness I crave.


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 the 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.

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