Desiderata

Originally a blogger friend CeeLee brought this poem to my attention, thanks CeeLee, and then someone else today (so a repost).

I’d say it mirrors a lot of the principles that guide me. Not exactly, but it’s pretty close. A very powerful poem for any day of the week to remind us of our humanity and our natural charisma.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

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.

Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”, 1927

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Cheers

Don Charisma



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74 thoughts on “Desiderata

  1. This makes one feel better, doesn’t it. You know, on those days when you come home exhausted and confused, and you wonder why you were placed on this earth because you have nothing meaningful to give to the world, and you turn on the news and the world really does seem full of ‘shams, drudgery, and broken dreams.’

    all the passages speak to you and offer great advice, and radiate their own beauty, but my favourites:

    ‘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.’

    ‘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.’

  2. One of our favourites, Desiderata hangs on the Homestead wall. Favourite line: ‘no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should’. Reminds us that sometimes it’s best to stop fighting and just enjoy the ride 🙂 Oh, and thanks for following us. We hope you enjoy our attempts to relay our take on life 🙂

  3. Some people are far from what they seem, I am a person sometimes with “Avoid loud and aggressive persons;” and i agree “they are vexatious to the spirit.”
    Copied it for personal preference. In my opinion the photo and the poem is quite a beautiful peace, i know i should work on my terminology. Nice choice and Thx, truly husss hush.

  4. Wow, I haven’t heard this poem in years. It just brought make memories of when, where and who I was around at that time. My memories back then when I knew this poem was one of the best years of my life. I’m actually grateful that you have this awesome piece on your blog. One of the best poems I have known to have feelings. Need to reblog this for memories sake 🙂 Thank you.

    1. I came here because you followed my blog, and then I came across Desiderata. Such a wonderful poem. I recall having a poster on my wall back in my youth. As with Powerupmummy, the poem took me back to those days when I was finding out who I am (still figuring that one out, by the way). Thanks for the trip down memory lane (oh, and thanks for the follow).

      1. YOu are very welcome … and yes the poem gives me a deja-vu, not sure why, but I suspect it’s when I either read something true or something I’ve seen before, haven’t been able to determine which as yet !

    2. It’s got a kind of dejavu quality for me, I can’t decide if I’ve heard it before or not, but certainly rings mostly true … and you are welcome … warm regards … don charisma

  5. Yes, I’ve always liked Desiderata. Thanks for sharing it here.

    A record collector friend of mine send me a mixtape once (remember those?) that contained a spoken word recording by Les Crane of “Desiderata”, back to back with National Lampoon’s parody “Deteriorata” . Maybe a buzzkill, maybe a chuckle, but to me hearing them back to back was a study in comparison between the ideals to strive for (in Desiderata) and the more mundane real-world reality of what tends to go on.
    http://poetry.rapgenius.com/National-lampoon-deteriorata-annotated

    1. Hey Jenny, remember them … I used to make them, so yes I certainly remember them !

      I’ll have to look up (thanks for the link) the national lampoons desiderata, as may further deepen my wisdon (or not !)

      Hope you are well.

      Cheers

      Don Charisma

  6. Thank you for posting this .:)
    Desiderata looks beautiful here, illustrated with the bright pics and formatted so nicely.
    Much better than if I had attempted it on my blog. lol
    Come to think of it, it fits better here as well. 🙂
    CeeLee

      1. Yeah but you make it look so easy lol
        Hard act to trip along behind 😉
        I think I’ll stick with my slap stick humor.
        I’m a public celebrity there 🙂
        CeeLee

    1. You are welcome, I liked it, so I posted it … and thanks for putting it in my awareness …

      Blogging skills take time, just have patience try new things and it’ll all work out beautifully 🙂

      Cheers

      Don Charisma

  7. That was lovely, and it described so well the way we should aspire to live. Maybe then the world would simmer down a bit…….maybe. But that was a fantastic poem 🙂

      1. Perhaps…..I think there is magic to be found nearly everywhere as long as you slow down and look. It is a very compassionate and humanistic way to live life. Maybe, if we all realized the magic that resides in everyone, we could have a more peaceful, kind and respectful place to live this life 🙂

      2. No evil and cruelty are antithetical to everything I believe and stand for…..I still think there is beauty and magic in the everyday moment 🙂

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