Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Desiderata of Happiness ♥

    Have you ever heard of The Desiderata?

     It's a poem written by Max Ehrmann in 1952.  It's probably one of the most beautiful pieces ever written. 

    Every time I read it, it fills me with joy & hope ♥ 
    (and who doesn't need that on a daily basis : ) 

    I like to use it as my "guide to life".  

    I would like to share this poem with you today, in the event that you need a little inspiration in your life.  

    The last paragraph is my favorite.... 


    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.

    Wishing you all a very beautiful day.  Whatever you are going through, remember there is good in this world and I am grateful you are here.  

    Strive to be happy ♥ Xx 


  1. I love that! Thanks for sharing! I'm currently working on a Bible study on having peace, so this fit in perfectly with that!

  2. This is beautiful, my sweet friend.
    And very new to me.
    I will look to it often. : )

  3. I never heard of this poem until now. It really is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it here. How I wish we lived closer. I would love to be able to meet for tea or coffee (and cake) with you. I am so grateful for you and your friendship. xoxo