Yesterday, I printed and framed one of my favorite poems.  I intend to hang in my college dorm when I move in Thursday afternoon.  It’s a gorgeous prose poem that makes me just sit and breathe deeply. That may sound weird, but I really want to inhale life when I put it down.  Please take the time to read this!  Your day will go better, I promise!

 (This pic has nothing to do with the poem. . . it’s just gorgeous. 🙂  Don’t you agree?)

“Desired Things” (Latin)
by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s  

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 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.



2 Responses

  1. Found you on writer interupted. This poem WAS great, thanks for sharing. I especially like the part about being cautions…but don’t let it bling you. Good luck at college!

  2. This is a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing it. It reminds me of a “song” that was out in the late 90’s called “Don’t forget to wear sunscreen”. It had the same feel to it. Good luck at college and let us know how you’re doing. By the way, I’ll be praying for your family during the midst of your loss. God bless you.

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