Monday, November 07, 2005

Max Ehrmann ~ Desidera

A fellow blogger, mother and nurturer of a child with T21 asked this question on her blog today "So what words or mottos do you live by? Words that make a differance in your life daily, weekly? Why are they so important to you?

Of all the quotes, mottos and inspiration I collect in books and such, this piece by Max Ehrman has been a part of life since the moment I first read it [I was about 10 years old because I remember finding it in the library in High Bridge on one of my many visits to that small but wonderful library]

This hangs in my dressing area of my room and I read it daily.

Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the 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 disenchantmentit 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.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.


Mauzy said...

a bit more philosophic than my "don't eat yellow snow."

Tara Marie said...

Ahhhh,,,,but I'm so glad that I learned that 'Don't eat yellow snow" early on in my life....and it is a tidbit of wisdom I have shared with my own brood. lol!

Monica said...

I love Desidera... words to live by :). Thanks for sharing it as it has been long since I've pulled out my copy and read.