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Go placidly...

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 to 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 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.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28 


-day 99
Enriquez' aquarium
Gallup, New Mexico


  1. i agree, everything works together for our own good. btw, i've tagged you on this post,

  2. great photography Gemma that accompanies my fave poem Desiderata!!!thank you for the tag and will continue the tagging thing!

  3. Clear photography! Nice subject and theme. I so miss having an aquarium at home. Want to get a huge one for the apartment.

  4. aww my favorite poem!! and Gemma your photography is good!! na relax ako sa mga shots mo!! thanks for sharing this post... i love it!! ;)

  5. Nice picture, Gemma. - kenneth

  6. Galing-:) - Rosan

  7. "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit." This is so true. I made sure to end this sort of stress in my life then.

  8. I felt so peaceful reading your post. =) It was like me having a whiff of my spa in a bottle. Hehehe!

  9. Lovely photos and words.. :) This is such a joy to read. Just the perfect piece to start my day. Thanks!

  10. Desiderata ... the intro is from that poem. I love that one.

  11. Up until now, I still kept a copy of this poem in my planner. Whenever I feel like needing a boost up and an inspiration, I always read this. I never tire reading this.:)

  12. Fantastic Photos Gemma! This is one of my fave poem-Desiderata!

  13. What camera did you use? I love the sharpness of the colors.


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