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"Remember that you are a child..." ??
Posted by: DanaJoy2009 (68.198.127.---)
Date: May 05, 2009 08:49PM

I'm trying to find a poem for my parents' wedding anniversary, and I have such sketchy details. Any help is so greatly appreciated!

I remember it includes a line similar to "Remember that you are a child of"... heaven? God? It's a long poem, and it talks about going slowly to savor life. The poem was rendered artistically as a wedding gift for my parents, but that piece of art was lost on a recent move. My mother is convinced that title started with a "d," but Google is failing me.

Thanks in advance!


Re: "Remember that you are a child..." ??
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.128.---)
Date: May 07, 2009 12:02PM

Desiderata?

Desiderata

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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