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Posted on Mon, Jun 05, 2006 19:30

I'm amazed by the range of human experience I've seen on this site, mostly negative. To that end, I thought I'd share the following; its called 'Desiderata' and was written by Max Ehrmann, copyright 1952. 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 think folks need to read this daily . . .


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BlueEyz2006
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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2007 23:25

Dear GuitarGirl, I'll add my voice to the choir and thank you for this lovely reminder. I, too, have always loved this poem but it is great to revisit its wisdom from time to time.


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Posted on Wed, Jan 10, 2007 03:58

Thx and I agree EVAGABOR2005 (love the new handle by the way!) - this is a good one to bump up again!


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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 19:03

Thanks guys; I'm glad we enjoy it - of course, we're probably 'the choir' if you know what I mean. I guess the folks who might really want to study the words here (e.g., be 'preached' to) wont ever visit this kinda blog b/c its not sexy enough. Maybe I'll repost it again in a few months under a racier title - any suggestions? : )


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Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2006 12:16

I love it! Thanks for that. There is a lot of positive here, it's prevelent in the responses people get when the post blogs. Thanks for sharing.


Courtney :)

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Posted on Wed, Jun 07, 2006 23:16

Thank -you fro putting this on. The first time I saw it, was sitting on loo, crying, at a party because someone had just been really nasty to me and saw this on the back of the door....It cheered me immediately...although it ascribed it to a document written by a monk hundreds of years ago...and found in a dilapidated church. no truer words have ever been spoken.


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Posted on Wed, Jun 07, 2006 23:00

Hi There. Desiderata is my absolute favorite poem of all time and I was really glad to see it posted on MM. However, It was written by Max and copyrighted in 1927 and his daughter renewed the copyright in 1954, I believe. Anyway, just glad to see it printed here for all to read and reflect upon, as it is as relevant today as it was in 1927.


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Posted on Tue, Jun 06, 2006 04:41

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Posted on Tue, Jun 06, 2006 03:28

This has always been one of my favorites. Seems like it's wisdom would have hit the streets long before the 1950's, but sometimes we humans are slow learners.


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