A New Years Gift- a poetic formula for happiness and peace with life

beth irvine Health Guide
  • The poem below has surfaced in my life before ⎯and I have always loved it. Recently, this piece of poetry has seemed to appear everywhere I happen to look. And so, I want to share it with my readers as a New Years gift and my final sharepost to you. The poem was written in 1926 by a man named Max Ehrmann (a poet and lawyer from Indiana), who never knew his fame. His widow published a collection of his poems three years after his death.


    A poet who never knew his fame
    The poem was written in 1926 by a man named Max Ehrmann (a poet and lawyer from Indiana), who never knew his fame. His widow published a collection of his poems three years after his death. Max Ehrmann, who was born in 1872, entered Harvard's School of Philosophy at the age of 22. He studied philosophy and law, spent ten years writing six books and finally, when he realized he could not make a living as a writer, began practicing law. He composed Desiderata out of the need to remind himself how he wanted to live his life. The title is Latin for "things to be desired."

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    Desiderata "Desired Things"


    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 to 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 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.


    (c) Max Ehrman 1926 Desiderata

     

     

    Sending you all very best wishes and a year filled with all good things. Beth


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Published On: December 29, 2008