The Desiderata by Max Erhmann: 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 to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
One day, while trawling through my LitBlogger RSS feeds I found W H Auden’s poem on BlookLust’s Blog. The first time I heard this poem was in a movie, Three Weddings and a Funeral. I found the words so very profound, it makes me want to stand in silence as a mark of respect of those we’ve loved and lost, similar to when I hear The Last Post on Anzac Day or when I hear the bagpipes at a memorial. When I read it aloud it makes my voice escape me and tears well up.