So much of this poem fits right in, not only with what I want the coming year to hold but what I want my life to be like consistently.
Without further ado...
Desiderata -- Max Erhmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
what peace there may be
As far as possible
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 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,
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
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.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity
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.
Strive to be happy.
My parents have that framed in our house and I've grown up reading it. Very beautiful.
Wow, I've never seen this before and there's a lot of good stuff in that poem. I'm going to go read it again. Thanks for sharing.
This poem is lovely. Thank you.
This is the best! I have never seen it before but it speaks truth to my heart!
What a great poem.
I love how it speaks so much of Peace.
I really think once we become "right with the world"...that peace becomes possible.
(I have a long way to go , yet, but a journey worth taking)
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