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Monday, April 11, 2005

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Desiderata. The meaning of desiderata is something desired as essential. This was written almost 100 years ago. When you have time read it slowly.




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.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copywright 1927

5 Comments:

Anonymous Curtis said...

Yes it is a beautiful world even with all the ugly that is out there. I believe that you will only see the ugly if you choose to because there is too much beauty to see. Hello Barbara, thanks for stopping by my blog and waving your hand. Nice blog you have here.

2:39 a.m.  
Blogger David said...

Are you sure this was written 100 years ago? It applies today.

10:23 a.m.  
Blogger ddddddddddddddddddddd said...

This is what I want to have blown up and framed when I get my own place in a month.

12:32 p.m.  
Blogger Crazy Single Mom said...

How inspiring, and so true even today, thankyou for sharing that!!

8:22 p.m.  
Blogger Vickie said...

Very inspirational...thank you.

11:09 a.m.  

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