Monday, August 9, 2010

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Wow, the weekend flew by. I can't even believe it's Monday again! I've got so much going on and it's honestly making time pass faster than I can blink. Anyway, I've been researching culinary schools so much today that my eyes are crossing. In doing so, I was reading a guy's blog about the school I'm interested in and he had the following prose by Max Ehrmann listed in his "about me" section. I really connected with this today and it stirred my soul. I thought I'd share:

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.

I can't even express how much I love coming across things like this. It was written in the 1920's when Max Ehrmann was in his 50's. It wasn't even recognized in his lifetime which I find simply amazing. I'm just so glad I came across this today. The timing, as is so important in all of life, was perfect.

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