What Inspires Me

When I feel down I seek out things that inspire me. This poem really moves me, and even if you have read it before I hope you get something out of it again.


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 labors 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.


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12 responses to “What Inspires Me

  1. I had never read this…until this past year….someone else sent it to me as well *s*..

  2. I hope you liked reading it again? xx

  3. I know of this but haven’t read it for a long time..it’s also a song in the 70’s by Les Crane. Who you are saying… hmmm Google. I haven’t learnt how to put the u tube thingies on here without them disappearing either. (Though I hopefully have the pics worked out).

    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.
    My favourite lines…. thank you for sharing honey xxxx

  4. Okay Mumsy!!! ..you win! *laughing*
    I shall keep it G rated!!!! Lol xxxxxx

  5. My dear friend , I am honored by your posts , a post that just signing this commentary except it is very instructive in itself carries a big message that you send us your heart to your followers – the message is clear and obvious. riddled with love and kindness. I wish you all the best hugs and love for you my dear friend

  6. have nice weekend¨with love maxima

  7. I love this poem. I haven’t read this for a long time. 🙂

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