Monday, December 13, 2004



By Bob Garon
TODAY Newspaper
Sunday, December 12, 2004 11:17 PM

It was a lazy afternoon hour at our rest house on the shores of Taal Lake. You know that time right after you awaken from a deep siesta. Still groggy but rested, I went out onto the veranda and sat in my easy chair and opened a good book titled Visions of Love. It is an anthology of reflections compiled by William Sykes.

My eyes fell on a passage by Max Erhmann, author of the inspirational piece called “Desiderata” that might be known to some of you. I have read it so many times already, but it seems like I never tire of it. Besides, every reading gives me some new insights. Something inside me tells me to share it with you because I feel that some of you will benefit from it.


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 to 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. 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; 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 shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


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