Respect, love and …

I came across this as I was reading a book in the school library. I was so fascinated by it that I decided to put it up here for my references, at least in the not so distant future.

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 the dull and ignorant;they too have their story.

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 you. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with 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 labours 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…

It took me a couple of times re-reading it before it finally sank in. At times, there are some truth in it. As we grow older, we tend to appreciate what these veterans have done in shaping our lives.

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