Something for the weekend: Desiderata

Desiderata
 (from the Latin for ‘things desired as essential’)

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 (1872-1945), written in 1927

We had this hanging on our toilet wall for my whole childhood. I have read so many times, and am sure you have too. It is a good centring meditation which I felt in need of these past few weeks. And so I  looked it out again, and am sharing it with you. 
Happy weekend.

Have a lemon ginger cookie with love!

  1. dulce de leche
    dulce de leche06-25-2011

    I love this! It hung on the office wall at my first job, and I always enjoyed it, but it has been several years since I have read the whole thing. Thank you for sharing it and the lemon ginger cookie! :)

  2. Rose
    Rose06-28-2011

    Love this too, currently hung where I can’t easily contemplate it, bathroom sounds like a good idea! Much love X

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