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Desiderider / Desiderata... some zen in amongst the hubbub

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by robsalvv, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. A bit of Zen amongst the hubbub.

    DESIDERIDER

    Go smoothly amidst the noise and haste.
    And remember what joy there may be in motorcycling.
    As far as possible, without surrender,
    Be on good terms with all dealers.

    Twist your throttle quickly and quietly.
    And listen for others.
    Even dull and ignorant cagers:
    They too, have their rights on the road.
    Avoid loud piped and aggressive drivers.
    They are vexations to the spirit.

    If you ride with others,
    You may become vain and bitter.
    For there will always be faster and slower persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your rides as well as planning them.
    Keep interested in your own bike, however humble.
    It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your riding;
    For the world is full of assholes.
    But let this not blind you to what pleasure there is;
    Many persons strive for excellent riding,
    And everywhere life is full of good riding experiences.

    Be yourself.

    Especially do not feign affection for other bikes.
    Neither be cynical about other bikes.
    For in the face of all cages and accidents,
    They are as perennial as the grass.
    Take kindly the counsel of years.
    Gracefully surrendering the rashness of youth.
    Nurture good riding skills to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with imagined problems.

    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond an overpowering desire to ride,
    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 out on the road.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    No doubt the road is winding as it should.
    Therefore be at peace with your ideal bike.
    Whatever you conceive it to be.

    And whatever your labours and aspirations.
    In the noisy confusion of bikes,
    Keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham,
    Drudgery and broken dreams,
    It is still a beautiful experience to go riding.
    Be careful.
    Strive to be happy.

    Author ? unknown.


     
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  2. I seem to be taking time out in my philosophical bat cave at the moment. ...interesting that I posted the desiderider almost a year ago... the trip into the cave must be a yearly thing...

    Anywayz, here's the real desiderata. Well well worth a read.




    Max Ehrmann


    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 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 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 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 dark 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 cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.


    Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
     
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  3. Hey thanks for posting this Rob...my fav bit has always been:

    :)
     
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  4. Absolute Gold! Very clever.
     
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  5. Thanks rob. I needed that.
     
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  6. No probs bud. So did I.
     
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