The Flute Network Greetings, April 1, 2003

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We are delighted to be able to share the following with you!:

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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 vexatious 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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Author: Max Ehrmann ©1927, Max Ehrmann. All rights reserved; Robert L. Bell, Melrose, MA, USA, 02176.
Shared here by permission.


      You might have recognized the beautiful poem on our front page as the Desiderata …it was very popular in the 1960's and 70's, and many of you – like me – might even still have a colorful poster of it stowed away in a scrapbook somewhere!

      What most people don't know, though, is that this poem is NOT by "Anonymous" and dating from 1692, that it IS indeed properly copyrighted and that, as such, it's absolutely NOT freely available under the notion of "public domain"! (Actually, it is this misconception that is probably most responsible for the variations in text that are sometimes seen in the poem – we've shared here what we understand to be the version Mr. Ehrmann intended.) Especially given current world events, the sentiments of this Desiderata seem as timely and as needed as ever… so we're honored to have been granted permission to share it with you here (particularly since some of you just might be seeing it for the very first time!) – and we’re pleased to help "set the record straight" about it too, along the way!

      Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945) was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana; he studied at De Pauw University (Greencastle, IN) and then Harvard University, worked as an attorney for many years, and was quite a prolific writer over the span of his lifetime! This particular poem was written in 1927, and it was first published (along with several other of his works) by his widow in a collection called "The Poems of Max Ehrmann" in 1948.

      In the mean time, if you'd like to find more poems from Max Ehrmann, we understand that Crown Books (the publishers) currently offer several collections of Max Ehrmann's works, most of which are available through special order from any local bookstore (Or quite possibly, they might already be available and on the shelf in your local library!).

Until next time then – as always – All best wishes
(and remember, no matter what happens, we're all in this together!), Jan Pritchard


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