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The Desiderata .....

I have just placed this here for you all to read … its a piece of text that I first encountered when I was approx 19yrs old and I try to lead my life this way when humanly possible … I hope it is good reading for you if you have never seen it before :

- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s -
Not “Found in Old St. Paul’s Church”! — see below

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.


  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 6 years ago

    Dave this is magnificent, I have had this pinned on the wall in my home for all to read plus my children were given a small wallet size version to carry with them. If everyone took heed of this and lived their lives by it then the world would be a better place. Thank you for bringing this to my memory!

  • your welcome … it has made me recall some of those lines that i have probably strayed from a little … im now again focused


  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    Dave , I can hear the song in my head!! We would all do well to live by these guidelines . thanks Jane

  • thanks Jane … i must agree there my friend ;-)


  • shilohlin
    shilohlinabout 6 years ago

    good morning dave………I too became aware of this in my late teens; first on the radio, then at graduation from high school the pastor of our church gave each of us a book of this, I kept it over 30 years and gave it to my youngest nephew upon his graduation last year. thanks for sharing this magnificent work!

  • welcome Shilo x


  • jhartley
    jhartleyabout 6 years ago

    wonderful, thanks……there was a pop song of this poem in the seventies…wonderful Dave

  • thankyou dear Scotsman … thankyou … i dont know that song but i will google it and see if i can find it


  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...about 6 years ago

    Great words to try to live by!!! I know that we could all be better people if we just put forth a bit of extra effort!!! Thanks Dave!!! ;-)

  • it does take that extra effort Julie … i must agree


  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    well done for reminding us of this,dawn

  • lol … ok


  • Laura Cameron
    Laura Cameronabout 6 years ago

    My sister gave this to me to read a few years back, good thoughts

  • cool


  • joshuatree1
    joshuatree1about 6 years ago

    Stunning Words to live by Dave. But I am glad I have the Holy Spirit to help me live this way for I fear at some point I will stumble. To Be at peace with God one must know him and fellowship with him. A great piece of written work from a great man. Thank You Dave for Sharing.

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