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Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


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The poem “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann was written in 1927 but it still rings true today. Its one of those timeless lessons that should touch us all, no matter what station in life or religious view we live by. The Latin translation is “desired things”; and in the end, its about the thing we should all desire to create with our lives…happiness. This is one of the poems; written by someone else, that I keep in my B-O-S so that I can read it when I need a reminder of what I’m really trying to accomplish with this lifetime. I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings to me when I’m down.

Desiderata

©Max Ehrmann 1927

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.

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