Desiderata by patjila

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“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

There are times you need to have a moment of silence and contemplation.
Visit a church sit down in silence and see the bright sun light shines through the stained glass. Burn a candle…..

After contemplation, I was allowed to make some photographs in the Dominican Church and Monastery St. Thomas of Aquino in Zwolle. The Monastery and church are built in 1901 Neo Gothic style. Architect J. Kayser.


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Life is all about creativity
The desire is to go beyond the Normal way of Living.
It’s all about the Xtra things that life can offer you.
Life is full of little wonders like new languages, colours, energies and feelings.
Search for them and keep these little treasures in your Heart.
Would like to share it with you…exchange and be inspired.
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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 2 years ago

    I just love Desiderata dear Annet,and a beautiful capture to go with it.A fave for me.x

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful shot and colours

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 2 years ago

    Great stained glass window , nice work !!

  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012almost 2 years ago

    Annet .. Desiderata – this has always been one of my favourite pieces ever. Lovely to read it again and it is so beautiful with the music to it. I will send you the link to one of my fav versions of it Desiderata
    Love Colleen2012

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Stained Glass;i like how the you shot this in darkness so it really shows up!

  • Thank you lots Robyn, it was special: outside a bright sunny and warm day, inside the darkish coolness. Then the light through the windows….that is breathtaking beautiful to watch…

    – patjila

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    Glasstastic Princess!
    :o) xx

  • :)) Thanks for liking the raised glasses :)

    – patjila

  • walela
    walelaalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you lots Walela!

    – patjila

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