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25 November, 2010

This post started out as a simple list of all that I am grateful and thankful for, which seemed the perfect post for our weekly Newsletter which happens to fall on Thanksgiving Day.

162 entries later, I realize the folly in this exercise. This will never do. I can not complete this task. There is no end.

Alas, I did not throw my gratitude list away, but saved it in a folder to share with my family during our private feast on Thursday evening.

No Accident

I am participating in a course titled A Month of Self-Reflection and many of the exercises are creating a “space” for me to remember how much I am loved, supported and accepted in my life.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, I share one of my favorite poems with you.

This poem takes me back to a difficult time in my life, where I recognized that although there is pain, there is love, support, acceptance and comfort available in every moment.

This time is the moment when I knew that my life would be about living this and that all at the same time.

May you find much to be grateful and thankful for today, and always –Vicki.


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 to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or 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 as 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 dark 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.

— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —

  1. Beki A says:

    I am thankful for you, Vicki, and appreciate that you posted this poem on Thanksgiving because you often know just what we need.

    Be well, friend and enjoy your family and feast.

  2. shalagh says:

    oh so moving! And as always – such great words just when I needed them most!

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