Our November ESCAPESEEKER POETRY CLUB selection came to us via American Airlines Executive Platinum Agent, Angie Craigo

to expand our minds by memorizing as many inspiring poems as possible during our journeys…especially those spent on long international flights, thus enlarging our intellect while enhancing our experience as we pursue our never ending passion for travel.

To the Dear Members of our
Escapeseeker Poetry Club,

Here is our November assignment:

As you can imagine, I spend a great deal of time on the phone with airline agents–especially the American Airlines Executive Platinum desk whose agents are especially trained to handle the complicated frequent flier travel itineraries of globetrotters like myself. And, because they’re such seasoned multitaskers, we usually end up talking about all sorts of global topics while in the process.

I happen to say to EP agent, Angie Craigo today that my favorite aspect of travel is the wonderful people I meet all along the way…and I shared with Angie my recent Fiji experiences of meeting the “smilies people on earth”…and how much I believe everyone can have the same experiences if they would just get over being “fear-driven”and, instead, embrace our multi cultural, beautiful world.

Well, Angie reminded me of a beautiful poem that she loves that expresses these sentiments and much more, entitled, Desiderata. I remembered it instantly too, as it was extremely popular during my teen years. I immediately looked it up, and after reading, I am once again, just as I was in my teens, inspired to be a better individual.

I truly believe this is one worthy of memorizing. Thank you Angie for resurrecting it in our hearts, and after November, it should stay in our minds, always.

Savor our beautiful world.

Strive To Be Happy!

With Love…



by Max Ehrmann

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 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 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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