DESIDERATA (1)


desiDesiderata is the famous poem written by Max Ehrmann meaning “things that are desired.” It urges people to see the beauty and troubles of the world through wise, hopeful and compassionate eyes. The Desiderata poem has touched countless people since it was written in 1927, including me, and hopefully, YOU.

 

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 the dull and 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 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 attention.

Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,

It is as perennial as the grass.

Max Ehrmann (1927)

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  1. The last part of this poem is my favourite and it’s missing! It is my mantra and keeps me hoping when all feels lost…
    Erhmann ends the poem with the line
    “With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” and then, (not so much my fave ‘be careful. Strive to be happy”.

    ff

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    1. Hi Firefyby,thanks for visiting.
      The last part (DESIDERATA 2) will be posted soon enough.
      Just thought to divided so we appreciate a little at a time.
      Thank you once more for visiting and commenting, and do have a great November!!!

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    1. Hello John,
      Thank you for the visit especially. I am glad the words spoke something positive to you. Look out for the second part. Sure it’ll be Worth the while.
      Thank you too for the like, the reblog and the follow. I am truly grateful.
      Forward ever!!!
      Sally Success.

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    1. Hello Greg, I appreciate greatly the like, the reblog and the follow.
      Most importantly the time out for the visit. I am glad the words spoke to you as they did me. Thos words are something else, especially the second part.
      Look forward!!!

      Sally.

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    1. My dearest, as Ehrmann says it clearly, if we compare, we become vain and bitter. Later he says, “we are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars, we have a right to be here…”
      his words are just so true, I couldn’t help but post them.
      I’m glad they touched you too, as they did me,
      All the best Imma, mwammmm!!!

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