Desiderata

Sometimes I just need something uplifting. I don’t have to be in a particular mood. Some days I just want an injection of positivity. Today is one of those days: It is the first truly spectacular weather day of 2009 here in Charlotte, NC, and after a little emotional fumbling last night (that is trying to find its way into today, but I’m not giving in without a fight!), I felt the need to share something with whomever is interested. Below is Desiderata (Latin: Things that are desired/desireable). It is a poem written in the 1920’s by Max Ehrmann (it was not written by an unknown person in 1692, as many mistakenly believe). So, enjoy:

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.
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.

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.

Author: Devon Hunter

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  1. What an excellent sentiment, thanks so much for sharing. As a new person to you and your blog, I am amazed everyday at how eloquent you express even the most sensitive of topics. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and seeing you here in ATL more often. Love ya,
    Big Daddy “C” in ATL

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  2. This poem has kept me going on many a day that I wanted to hide under the covers. Thanks for posting it.

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