Thursday, 21 April 2016

Desiderata

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 or lesser persons than yourself.


 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 council 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 what ever your labours 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.


Offering a few of my favourite lines of 'Desiderata' By Max Ehrmann


6 comments:

  1. This post is like a psalm to my heart. It is everything that I understand as beauty. I will return again and again to read this. Thank you for giving this beauty...for sharing your heart and soul. Your photography is the visual of these words. Oh how they flow as one. This is a gift offering...and I receive it gratefully. xx

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    1. Bless you I'm so glad, this Poem for me, describes perfectly all that I have learnt of how to live and be in this world, when i found these words they were truly a gift to me too. I'm glad you enjoyed the photographs I enjoyed taking them, i went in to a beautiful state of active meditation. Thank you for your Loving response, I'm so grateful, sending Spring light to you xx

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  2. When I was at school this poem was on everyone's bedroom wall or on a card tucked into a diary or in your purse. It was also often on the radio - a record recited by some well known actor.
    I'm so pleased it resonates with you anew today xx

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    1. Really?! Wow that's so interesting to me, I would never have known that, thank you for sharing x
      It does resonate, truly. I found it in a book in our local library and connected with the words instantly and deeply.

      Thank you for passing by Celia, its so lovely to have you here x

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  3. I've always loved this poem.....I wish more people would read it and contemplate the words.
    It is so you.... X

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    1. Thank you Linda this poem resonated with me so deeply when I discovered it, it gave me goose bumps x

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