Thursday, January 25, 2007


Who remembers this? I stumbled on it online the other day, and it just sunk into me over long-forgotten grooves. I had it on a parchment poster a long time ago that got torn or something so discarded. But the words remain fresh to me. Reading it through again is like the hug of an old friend. I'd be interested to know who else knows it.


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.

Hope you just re-met an old friend, or made a new one.

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At 1/25/2007 09:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, had a poster of this long ago and also recently re-discovered it. It is lovely, isn't it?

At 1/25/2007 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I think they must have distributed it as part of a college welcome basket along with the free sample of Protein 21 and coupons for something Chef Boy-R-Dee because I too had this as a poster...and yes, it is an old friend...thanks for the re-introduction...hugs, K


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