Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stuck in My Head 6.16.2011

This is a wonderful little spoken word piece from Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space. It's a spoken interpretation of a poem by Max Ehamann.

It came up on my MP3 player shuffle this morning as I walked to the train, and I was struck not only by the beauty of the sentiment, but, yes, how it does quite apply to everyone's favorite Vulcan. I also couldn't help but feel how, yes...these are the values I try to aspire to in my own life.

Although, I know I don't reach them the vast majority of the time.


(D E S I D E R A T A)
Written in 1927 by
Max Ehamann (1872-1945)

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 future 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 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 careful.

Strive to be happy.

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