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This poem speaks to me; Desiderata by Max Ehrmann 1927

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

There is a poem that was written in 1927 that I just want to share with my Spark People :)
I can't post the entire thing here because of the rules for posting copyrighted materials, so I will include a link to the remainder of the poem:


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 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 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 critical 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 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..........

The rest can be seen here :)


Thanks to anyone who reads and I really hope you like it. For me, it's words to live by.
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    I haven't heard that in years - thanks for sharing!
    2824 days ago
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    You're welcome, I'm glad you guys like it too! :D
    2825 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12468840
    Thank you for sharing this poem. I haven't read it since school.
    Can finally appreciate the wisdom of it.
    2825 days ago
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    I too love this 40 yrs ago friend game me a framed copy which i have had on my wall ever since in whichever house i have lived the same person gave each of my kids a framed copy when they got confirmed
    I try to live by this too emoticon
    I have just bought several cards from the christian bookshop with it on to give to some of the people i work with
    Have a good week Hugs Carol xx
    2825 days ago
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