Some timeless wisdom to help us prepare for these turbulent times:


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 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 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 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. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —
NOT “Found in Old St. Paul’s Church in 1692”

Sending you LOVE from the Lighthouse!
Sharon 🙂

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9 Comments on A poem of peace, truth, spirit and life…

  1. Medemaku ceylowmeh says:

    This poem inspires and motivates me more than any motivational or inspirational book.

  2. Nicole Lynn Patti says:

    Thank you!

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  4. John says:

    The poem is so inspirational.Thank you.

  5. sunchase says:

    Sure life is not a fairy tale neither is it so cruel to everyone, but caution, discipline, fear of God and humane soul is all that matters.

  6. Metene MC says:

    The poem really activates something in me that I wasn’t aware of.I am speechless!

  7. Donnovan Lazarus says:

    The poem is so inspirational. Thank you.

  8. Anya says:

    I first heard this poem at the age of 20 from a jurnalist boy friend. I thought that it was so true and it is particularly poignant to me now as I am in my 60s as my only son suffered a severe stroke at the young age of 28years. I became his carer as he had to learn to walk again. That was 7 years ago and even though he has had physiotherapy, he is still weak on the right side of his body and can only use his left hand. My son was studying to be a biologist when this happened. Hoever he went on to marry a nurse, Maria and has fathered a little boy. My grandson, Nathaniel against all the odds.

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