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Subject:  Re: seeking secrets of a happy retirement Date:  1/18/2005  9:24 AM
Author:  TerryMcK Number:  44096 of 78166

Some very good and touching responses thus far. It made me remember the Desiderata, which I hadn't looked at in some years. I pulled up a copy, and hope you enjoy this.


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 your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are a vexation 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 ardity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself w