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Eileen Novak

"Light the Darkness"

Omaha, NE, USA
female, age 117
Speaks: French, ASL, primal grunts, Pidgin
Activities: Writing, Research, Empowering

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-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s -- 

Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 the ignorant; 
they too have their story. 
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; 
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, 
you may become vain or 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 in your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, 
it is still a beautiful world. 
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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    I'm hoping people will spread this on Facebook, Twitter etc. If you know of anyone who cares about homeless veterans, their families, or their rescue pets, please share this with them? Thank you so much! Hope you have a great day!

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    Wishing you Eileen a Wonderful Happy Birthday!

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    Wishing you everything of the best for your birthday dear Eileen.
    Enjoy your special day! Sending big birthday hugs xx

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    Wishing You Joyous 
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    Oct 31, 2015 8:10 AM

    Anne P. (174)

    Happiest of birthdays, dear Eileen!  Enjoy your special day.  

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    Hope you have a Wonderful Birthday, Eileen!
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    Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Happy 2015XO
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    Wishing you Eileen a Wonderful Happy Birthday!

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