Desiderata

15 Nov

I’m too pooped from Mondayness for a coherent/original post – so how bouts a classic chain letter instead?  ‘Cept it’s far better than the ones that threaten you unimaginable curses if you don’t plague your entire address book with it, and it’s got some serious substance and value to it…  Enjoy!

PS) Thanks Wend for sharing!

Desiderata

— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —  (bolding my own)

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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One Response to “Desiderata”

  1. Leah November 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    i TOTALLY needed to read this. nearly every line applies to me. lately, i seem to be in some of the most rotten moods ever… and ironically, they all seem to come about when im at work. im blissfully happy in the presence of the love of my life Justin, but when im not with him, it seems that every person in the world’s goal for the day is to drive leah absolutely crazy or piss her off as much as possible. i just need to settle down, read this poem, take a step back, and refocus. thanks for sharing tess!

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