I have something to show you…

There are moments when the Universe quietly whispers, “Come here, I have something to show you.” She did it just the other day and showed me this. Thought I would pass it along…

Desiderata
by Max Ehrmann

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 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.

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Click here to read more about the poem Desiderata.

8 thoughts on “I have something to show you…

  1. this is still so very TRUE – i always thought the entire piece was so perfectly written, so non-partisan, as it were – all too often, we only see the familiar excerpt in a card or on a plaque (“you are a child of the universe…) every line of this speaks to me, counsels me, but it’s so hard to “listen to others – even the dull and ignorant… have their story” – i cannot listen very long to the talking heads on fox news, for instance, but then i think “they, too, have their story” and quietly turn the channel… but i digress! this is a lovely thing to read once again – thank you for sharing it in its entirety along with the tranquil photo! and i will “strive to be happy” today because of it!

  2. That photo makes me feel like Mother Nature (with whom I am somewhat distant in relationship) is actually inviting me as well, and even stranger, that I am inclined to respond with a yes. That’s how lovely it is.

    I have long loved Desiderata. There is so much in it — something for all moods and occasions and temptations and difficulties —

    1. I remember the photo being one of those “look over here” moments – even the ripple in the pond says “come see what’s up.” That happens sometimes on my image searches – look at this here! And then I stumble on something like Desiderata. Amazing! Like you said, something for every mood and occasion!

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