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DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Joanna on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:07

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 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.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata



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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by silly girl on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:17

I love this poem....I always give it as a graduation gift....thanks for posting....

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Katiedot on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:18

I love this too. I think it's one of the best pieces of writing ever.

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Merlin on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:32

Me too...probably the only poem I actually know the words to...

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Post by Maggy on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:50

..."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,"...

Beautiful words for a growing child to engrave in its heart.

Thanks, Merlin! Beautiful poem.

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Merlin on Fri Apr 06 2012, 21:59

Joanna posted it Maggy.....

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Maggy on Fri Apr 06 2012, 22:01

Ooops, Smile
Thanks, Jo! It's lovely!

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Joanna on Fri Apr 06 2012, 22:07

You're all welcome. It's so true in many ways.

I thought it appropriate for the time of the year and as a respite from some difficult times experienced lately. Give Flowers

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by it's me on Fri Apr 06 2012, 22:22

thanks

for Italians too Very Happy


Procedi con calma in mezzo al rumore e alla fretta e ricorda quanta pace può esserci nel silenzio. Per quanto ti è possibile, senza sottometterti, sii sempre in buoni rapporti col prossimo. Esprimi la tua verità con tranquillità e chiarezza e ascolta gli altri, anche gli ottusi e gli ignoranti: anch’essi hanno la loro storia. Evita le persone rumorose ed aggressive: opprimono lo spirito. Se ti paragoni agli altri potresti diventare vanesio e amaro; perché ci saranno sempre persone superiori o inferiori a te. Goditi i tuoi risultati così come i tuoi progetti. Conserva l’interesse per il tuo lavoro: per quanto umile sia; è ciò che realmente possiedi nella mutevole sorte del tempo. Sii prudente nei tuoi affari, perché il mondo è pieno di tranelli. Ma ciò non accechi la tua capacità di distinguere la virtù; molte persone lottano per grandi ideali e dovunque la vita è piena di eroismo. Sii te stesso. Soprattutto non fingere negli affetti e non essere memmeno cinico sull’amore; perché, nonostante tutte le aridità e le disillusioni esso è perenne come l’erba. Accetta benevolmente gli ammaestramenti che derivano dall’età e molla con un sorriso sereno le cose della giovinezza. Coltiva la forza di spirito per fartene scudo contro l’improvvisa sfortuna. Ma non tormentarti con l’immaginazione. Molte paure nascono dalla stanchezza e dalla solitudine. Al di là di una salutare disciplina, sii gentile con te stesso. Tu sei figlio dell’universo, non meno degli alberi e delle stelle; tu hai il diritto di essere qui. E che ti sia chiaro o no, non c’è dubbio che l’universo ti si sta schiudendo come deve. Perciò sii in pace con Dio comunque tu lo concepisca e quali che siano le tue lotte e le tue aspirazioni; conserva la pace dello spirito pur nella rumorosa confusione della vita. Con tutti i suoi inganni, le ingratitudini e i sogni infranti, questo è pur sempre un mondo stupendo. Stai attento e fa’ di tutto per essere felice.



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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by it's me on Fri Apr 06 2012, 22:24

many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism



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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Joanna on Sat Apr 07 2012, 12:11

We can always hope for that I M flower

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by Lakin460 on Sat Apr 07 2012, 13:43

Wow, thanks Joanna. I haven't read that poem in years. Forgot about it, actually. It is good to be reminded again. Thanks!

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Re: DESIDERATA The Poem

Post by melbert on Sat Apr 07 2012, 17:02

Thank you so much Joanna! Beautiful words!

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