Peace Be With You

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.  ~Truman Capote, McCall’s, November 1967


For all of our American friends, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! For all of our friends around the world, especially in Gaza and Israel, we wish you much peace, joy, and contentment on this day. Our hearts are with all of our loyal Muse Trackers!


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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

13 Responses to Peace Be With You

  1. Thank you, Stacey, and may the same return to you and your family ten-fold!

    “Gracefully surrendering the things of youth?” Ummmm…. I am struggling with that one…..:)


  2. I know. That one can be difficult some days.


  3. jbrayweber says:

    Lovely. Every time I read this.
    Thank you, Stacey, for the wonderful reminder.

    I am forever thankful I have you in my life.


  4. This is my second time posting this and it will be an annual event from now on. These words ring true in my heart and it IS good to be reminded!
    You are one of those rare soul mate friends and I’m so lucky to have found you sitting in that meetins.


  5. jeff salter says:

    You prob. already know this, but somebody recorded that passage, Desiderata. It used to play on the radio back in the early 70s.


  6. Since I am an old lady…I do remember this from the 70s. I didn’t realize it was recorded but read it in a magazine. I think the words are timeless and beautiful. I hope your day is filled with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. Linda Pennell says:

    And also with you. Lovely, thoughtful post, Stacey. I can never read the Desiderata without getting tears in my eyes.


  8. I know what you mean- this passage gets me every time! You are a very special person and I wish you much happiness today.


  9. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating, if not have a great day.


  10. Hello there Ms. Ella! I will be celebrating Thanksgiving..albeit a little unusually. My Dad has been in the hospital for the last few weeks and he’s not strong enough to come home for dinner- so dinner and home are going to him. We’ve packed up tables, linens, yummy food etc. and we will be having a picnic outside with all the trimmings! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!


  11. jeff salter says:

    Old lady? Pshaw!


  12. I knew I loved you!!!


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