Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Desiderata

On this, the morning of the eve before the holiday, I want  take a moment to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and could not think of a more perfect day to repost the following famous poem.  May the following lines act as a beacon of light for each and every one of us.

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 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 not this 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 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, and 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 careful. Strive to be happy!

Max Ehrmann


  1. Thanksgiving blessings to you and your husband!

  2. Beautiful !!! Happy Thanksgiving from The Netherlands ; )

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I've always loved that poem. Thank you for reminding us of it. It is perfect for this holiday season.

  4. Oh this is beautiful Mary. Thank you so much for posting it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Hugs good friend!