Sunday, January 2, 2011


Go placidly among 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 

Quite a few years ago, when I first read this verse, I found the message that it delivered to be 'Words To Live By'. Since then I make it a point of reading it at the start of each new year. I thought I would share those wise words with you today. 

We have no control as to what obstacles we will encounter as we travel through this life of ours. We do though have the option of either controlling them or allowing them to control us. Regardless of what we are dealing with in our personal lives, if we just take a minute each day to look past it all, we will see that the world is a beautiful place. 

May you be blessed and take pleasure in the beauty of the world around you!     



Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a truly inspirational verse. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Your words ring true, if I can only remember them each day. Think I'm bookmarking this post ♥♥♥

Lib said...

I needed this post.Thanks!
Right now the valley is deep! But we still have God and each other!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I had not seen Desiderata in ages. Was surprised to read it now.