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I’ma keep this post simple on Queen’s Birthday Monday, because relaxation, breaks, excursions, low key chill vibes etc.
I thought I’d share something I often refer back to when I need some grounding, some reaffirmation, some reassurance that I’m on the right track and that it’s all going to be ok. It’s a prose poem written by a man called Max Ehrmann way back in 1927. My mother presented me with this poem for my 14th birthday, potentially as a means to assist in buffering the confusion and anxiety that comes with existing as a teenager! The poem is inscribed on a plaque resembling an open book (metaphorical perhaps), and I’ve kept it hanging close to my bed ever since.
It’s called ‘Desiderata’, the plural of the noun Desideratum, which Google defines as ‘something that is needed or wanted’. I dunno about you, but I definitely need this poem in my life. Every time I read it, not only do I feel generally ok about every single element of where I’m at, but I discover new meaning, new purpose and new insight from the same words I have easily read over 100 times.
Without any further ado.. Here it is. Let me know your thoughts, and also let me know which sentences resonate with you the most in the comments. Here’s to a great week!
Go placidly amidst 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 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.
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.
Strive to be happy.