03 October 2006

"Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann

It's time, it seems, to find inspiration from others. In my daily search for 'something to think about' (a curse of a routine that I do every day before work), I found this wonderful gem. Hopefully it will appeal to you, dear readers, as it did to me.


A Poem for a Way of Life

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 ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons that 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 not let this 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 of the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nuture strength in 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 concieve Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its shame, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

©1927 Max Ehrmann

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