Desiderata

Bettina Amendi
Posted March 16, 2019 from Kenya
Desiderata

A friend i treasure very much sent me this poem in portions as we were working on solving a situation,actually he just said DESIDERATA on phone,it sounded greek i could not get it, but later on he sent a text  and i got it.I was moved to search for the whole poem.It encouraged me and i thought about you my lovely World Pulse Family.When you have  unique friends,they are seasoned with wisdom and when they utter one timely word it changes the whole story.

 

Max Ehrmann 

Desiderata 

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.

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Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 16
Mar 16

I loved this when I was a teen and I used to say it by heart. It's great.

Bettina Amendi
Mar 16
Mar 16

Yes it is.A road map to destiny.

Jill Langhus
Mar 16
Mar 16

Hi Bettina,

Thanks for sharing this wise poem. I personally love the line about being a child of the universe. It spoke to me the most.

Hope you're having a great day!

Bettina Amendi
Mar 16
Mar 16

Wow Jill,it encouraged me too.Its a great day.
Regards
Bettina

Jill Langhus
Mar 16
Mar 16

Yes, dear!

Lisbeth
May 07
May 07

Wow, its a nice poem... Especially I like this portion "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. "

I stay just next to such a loud and aggressive mother with two kids. I tell you its better you are not home at all haha omg. Its good to avoid such then.

Thanks for sharing it.

Beth Lacey
May 07
May 07

I remember this very well. We studies it in school

Bettina Amendi
May 09
May 09

Thats great.Memories are treasures no one can steal.

Hello, Bettina,

My husband inteoduced this poem to me. He said his high school teacher made their class memorize this piece. I loved it the first time I read it. So full of wise advice to live by.

Thank you for sharing it here on World Pulse!