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Old 08-24-2008, 02:29 PM   #1
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:08 PM   #2
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This is written in the sleeve of her OPUS lll Mind Fruit album:

desiderata 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 you 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 own carreer, 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 & disenchantment it is 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 & 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 & broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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Baltimore; Dated 1692
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:32 PM   #3
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I used to have that poster hanging in my room as a kid of 15 or so (1970) and then when I moved out it was up on a wall for years wherever I lived. I'm sure I still have it rolled up with other old posters..one being Picasso's black and white "Don Quixote"..

I think I've always taken to heart the "Strive to be happy" part..
I try, lordy I try..
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