27 Aug 2013


This has to possibly be one of my favourite pieces of poetry, I just love the wording.   I thought it would be nice to have it beautifully written in our guest loo.  With object being that every guest usually visits there at some stage or other, and will hopefully return in good spirits.

I printed the poem out in lovely writing and framed it, with bits of ribbon and things but it just looked wishy washy...

So I decided to go big and bold rather with my favourite verses incorporated into artwork   I decided on a pattern, (my usual doodle) which I drew roughly onto canvas, then painted with acrylics,  the wording is done with a permanent marker.

And here is the poem in its entirety, a beautiful daily reminder on how to enjoy life to its fullest:
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 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 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's 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.

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  1. Thanks for the reminder - they are very beautiful, thought provoking words.

    Love the way you have chosen to capture it in the pattern - very clever :)

  2. I love this, the poem and the artwork!

  3. That's an amazing way to display the poem. I love it!

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  4. Enchanting heart spoken words of wisdom. The way you incorporated them in your artwork is creatively done.
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    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

  5. I've always loved this poem & your creativity with the artwork is a delightful way to display it. Thanks for posting. ;-)

  6. That is beautiful. Perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Such a beautiful poem!

    Thanks so much for linking up with The Great Blog Train!

    Laura @ Mice in the Kitchen

  8. What wisdom and the perfect Guide Through Life. Simple words often convey the most profound revelations. Thanks so much for the inspiration! -- Jan

  9. This is beautiful. I'm sorry that this is the first time I've visited your blog! I will most definitely be back WAY more often! What an inspiration you are!

  10. I love the poem and the way it lays into the artwork. Beautiful! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  11. What a great poem! And making it into a print was such a great idea.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  12. Love the poem and mixing in with the artwork is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us over at the Homeacre Hop!
    Mary :)

  13. Love the poem and mixing it with the artwork is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us over at the Homeacre Hop!
    Mary :)

  14. I love your blog header! I'm a horse lover/owner and the artwork just "speaks" to me. Thank you for linking up to the HomeAcre Hop. I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi @ oakhillhomestead.com

  15. Beautiful work! Hopping here from Tuesday's With A Twist.
    Blessings to you and yours!
    Marie @ http://countedcrossstitchcafe.com & http://asatisfiedspirit.com


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