Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Desiderata

Desiderata – Words of Life

Desiderata is a very famous piece written by an American Poet Max Ehrmann in 1927. There are various myths surrounding it, one being that the Desiderata poem was found in a Baltimore church in 1692 and is centuries old, of unknown origin.

The word Desiderata is derived from the word desideratum which means something that is needed or wanted. This poem is famously called the ‘Words of Life.’

Desiderata

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.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share this post
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get inspired by our impactful Articles!

Did God Really Say?

Did God Really Say?

Did God really say that you are healed? Did God really say that you will prosper? Did God really say that you are destined for greatness?

Proud Member

Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Badge

Today's Quote

Explore our Motivational Quotes!

Get inspired Today!

All-Shall-Be-Well-Julian-of-Norwich