My New Year's Wish for You . . .

Many years ago, when I was still in the working world, I had the most wonderful boss. His name was Floyd. He was full of stories and wisdom and I loved to sit in his office and listen to him speak. One of the things that he introduced me to is the following poem. Floyd passed away several years ago but I will never forget the impact he made on my life.

I stopped making New Year's resolutions years ago and, instead, try to live by these words. On the eve of this new year, I wish you love and I wish you joy. I wish you good health and prosperity. I wish that all of your dreams come true.


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.

-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --

Many blessings ~ Wendy


Shelley said...

Sounds like a beautiful soul. Back when I was in the working world, I had this framed on my desk, too. Happy new Year!!

cindy said...

This is beautiful and a very good way to live ones life indeed! :D

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