Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Desiderata – desired things. A very refreshing poem that spoke to me. My lit peeps would agree, after all the poems on death that we have done of late.

FORENOTE: It’s a long poem but worth the read ❤️

Here’s part of the poem that you may have seen before.



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DESIDERATA // Desired things

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 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.

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 beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann

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Filled with deep meaning and truth, this poem is for all of us. Here are a few lines that stood out most to me.

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”

This line is for those of us who find ourselves always speaking to fill the silence, even when we have nothing worth speaking about. Know that you don’t need to talk all the time 🙂

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Your opinions are just that – your opinions. Even those who are not as knowledgeable as you have an opinion, worth as much as yours, since they have a different background, a different life and hence a different viewpoint.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Stop comparing. You are you and that’s enough. Definitely an important reminder for us all in the competitive world we live in today.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

It’s not just the outcome that matters, but also the process. This is especially so since the process is what we spend most, if not all of our time on.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

Though this was written in 1927, it still applies to our world today. There are lies that we hear, scams we encounter and many more events that may cause us to lose faith in humanity.  It makes it all the more important to remember that there is still goodness around us.

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.

Love wholeheartedly and do not think cynically about love. Love is long lasting, even through difficulties and disillusionment.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Don’t fear growing up. Let go of things when the time comes for you to do so. After all, it’s a process you have no control over. Same goes with growing old.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Be strong and positive, so that you don’t crumble in the face of difficulties and challenges. But do not overthink.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;

You are not a mistake, God created you to it with the universe. You’re not worthless.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Simple enough to understand, but not as easy to keep to. Live life with a true smile on your face! ✨

For me, Desiderata is full of important reminders and quite a positive, happy poem. I especially liked ‘You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars’ and ‘With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.’ What about you? I hope Desiderata served as a form of encouragement and inspiration for you 🌻💖  Also, I’m really happy to be able to start my blog off with a positive post 😊 Till next time, bye!

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