Sunday inspiration: Desiderata


You are a child of the universe

Go placidly amid 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.

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.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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By | 2011-07-24T06:41:58+00:00 July 24th, 2011|Inspiration|3 Comments


  1. Dede Kotler July 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I LOVE THIS!! A return to simplicity – being in a state of calm, peace, quiet;, detaching from outer noise, judgement and other’s drama. As a sag and leo moon, I forget, sometimes to just quiet myself down, it’s so simple.
    Thank you for sharing this, Lynn, I now have an easy, calm feeling to start my day. :))

  2. Simone July 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Max Erman is not the Original Author . This was found Written In Old Saint pauls Church in Baltimore Maryland USA in 1692, written and left by an Unknown Author.

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      @Simone, actually Max Ehrmann IS the original author. Wikipedia has the details:

      Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”, plural of dēsīderātum, the supine of dēsīderō) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945).[1] The text was largely unknown in the author’s lifetime and became widely known after its use in a devotional.

      Some time around the year 1959, Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included Desiderata in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation. The compilation included the church’s foundation date: “Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692.” The date of the text’s authorship is widely mistaken as 1692, the year of the church’s foundation.

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