Desiderata

“Go placidly amid the noise and the 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 the ignorant; they too have their story.

Piccadilly Circus

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.

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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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Piccadilly Circus

1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

Last read at Laurel’s Blog, Laurel’s Reflection.

Image Credits : Stocksnap, Alessandro Cani, More alive via photopin (license)

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31 thoughts on “Desiderata”

    1. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt testimonial, Rosaliene! Agree that Desiderata is inspirational, more so because it reminds us that while there are difficulties sometimes, there is the beautiful, and we can have peace and happiness! 🙂

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    1. Very true, TIngting! Love this! 🙂

      “And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

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    1. Thank you very much, and congrats as well!

      I seem to have a problem with akismet, so found your comment just. Happily, read your post on your blog first last week 🙂 Am scheduling to do the relevant post the Saturday after!

      Thanks again!

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  1. This has been my mantra for over forty years. Maybe if I live to be a hundred and eighty I’ll have learned to live by every wise word.
    I’m glad that so many people have commented here – I recite it to people, and usually they just look at me blankly.

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    1. Thank you, Jane for sharing your experiences. Do share your views often. The point of this blog is for discussion and awareness. It is in awareness and application of the positive that we can have the much needed lasting peace, love and happiness!

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