Desiderata – Timely and Timeless
Sometimes, something is written that is so powerful and thought provoking that it stands the test of time, it’s timeless. This type of prose is as equally powerful today as when it was written, sometimes many years ago.
The world we live in is extremely complex. Many times it is downright exasperating and depressing. But guess what, it has always has been that way and always will be.
However, at the same time the world is full of beauty, hope and wonder. And nowhere is this dichotomy of life better expressed than it a timeless prose poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. This American writer (1872–1945) wrote the following prose poem Desiderata and it echoes beautifully for all of us today.
Read it. Think about and ponder it deeply. If you do, you will have a better understanding of who you are and what your place is in the universe.
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 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 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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”) Max Ehrmann
Now go, and as said earlier, think about and ponder what you’ve read. I assure you that you will have a more peaceful and clearer understanding of who you are and why you are here in this time and place. And if you will share this with others, so will they.
You are a child of the universe, strive to be happy. Explore the Adventurous Life.
Here is a nice PDF of Desiderata for you to print. Desiderata PDF
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