Desiderata


Please forgive me, as I know many of you, have seen and read this before.  But I had a strong feeling to share this with as many people as possible, right now.   Please take the time to ponder it again and meditate upon the words here and measure them in your own life and soul.

Max Ehrman’s “Desiderata” (that which is to be desired).  Share it freely, but it is a copyrighted material.  Do not attempt to make profit off of it (I do not make profit off of my blogs).   Please Honor Max’s intent, that this should be an inspiration to all people.

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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 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, Copyright 1952.

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Photographer and blogger and living my life the Philippines Focused on living, learning, relationships, spirituality, photography and writing. The feeling is that the Philippines is a place that would encourage my own spiritual and creative growth is significant. Life doesn't have to make sense. It just needs to be lived, loved and enjoyed.

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