Perhaps a better Christmas Year-round Message?

H. C. Covington (
Sat, 27 Dec 1997 02:18:25 -0600

Fwd: From John Gehl ( and Suzanne Douglas

The author is Anonymous, the following words were found in Old St. Paul's
Church, Baltimore, Maryland (dated 1692):

      Go placidly among the noise & haste, and remember what peace there
be in silence.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with
all persons.  Speak your truth quietly & clearly, and listen to others,
the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.  Avoid loud & 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 &
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
you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and
everywhere life is full of heroism.  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
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 & loneliness.  Beyond a
wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the
universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding
it should.  Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to
and whatever your labors & 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.

Peace, Love & Charity