Thursday, January 23, 2014

Desiderata


This may sound silly - but I could not have stumbled across this poem at a more fitting moment than when I did.  I am at the stage in my life, close to finishing University, where lots of decisions are being made about my future.  I've noticed there's a tendency amongst my fellow students (and myself) to watch what everyone else is doing...to see if we're doing enough...if we're doing the 'right' thing.  All of these magical moments are being overlooked because we're far too busy watching one another.  Sadly, I think that this can be the case for the rest of our lives if we're not careful, and this poem certainly put me in my place - something I couldn't be happier about.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



Desiderata
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.

MAX EHRMANN
1927
 
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4 comments

Rosie said...

Desiderata is my favourite poem. I love it because it kind of calms my anxiety about everything down and reminds me that despite all the horrible and bad things you hear about in the world, there's still good and beautiful things happening.

Rosie x | www.eatreadglam.com

Sophie Hawker said...

This was such great timing! I've been struggling with anxiety recently and one of my traits is constantly comparing myself and overthinking everything.. thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem :)

Sophie
http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
xxx

Anne said...

Oh wow. I needed this. Lately, I've had quite a number of low times. Whenever things like these happen I turn to art and literature. This poem is just what I needed at the moment. Thank you so much for sharing! Hats down to the author.

http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com/

Lauren said...

I came across your blog through a comment and I am very glad I clicked on your link because I LOVED this. Thank you for posting it :)

Lauren
http://tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

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