Desiderata

This is one of my favorite poems; it was first shared with me by a college professor many years ago. This was written in the 1920's by Max Ehrmann and it's surprisingly relevant to life as we know it today. Please take a moment to read and appreciate the insights offered here.


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.

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.


Desiderata is Latin for "desired things."
Read more about Max Ehrmann here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Ehrmann
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A Brief Introduction

Personally

I am a fantastically ordinary guy - easy to miss in a crowd. I'm usually pretty quiet; when I do talk, I try to say something worth hearing. I am simple, predictable, and in most cases, reasonable. On more than one occasion I have been accused of being a nice guy to the point it was self-detrimental. My goal in life is to make the most of each day I'm given.

 

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