Desiderata By Max Ehrmann

United States
July 24, 2007 6:15pm CST
This is one of my favorite pieces. I was actually looking for butterfly graphics when I came across this on a website. Many years ago, I had a poster that hung on my wall until it became so worn from repeatedly pinning and taping it to the wall. The kids knocked it down more than once and I couldn't salvage it. I also remember it being made into a song and loved it. Do you recall the song? The words have great meaning to me. I hope you enjoy it too. 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 ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to 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 on your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery, but let not this 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 perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to see you in sudden misfortune, but do not distress yourself with 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. Written in 1927 By Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
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@budsr03 (2354)
• Canada
25 Jul 07
I first heard the song by Les Crane in 1969 and it is so prevalant now as it was then! Beautiful words to live by, i so wish the song then would get popular once again in this day and age! Take care ElusiveButterfly.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I had forgotten who did this piece. Thank you.
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@budsr03 (2354)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
I hope you find the song? I found it on limewire.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
I only found other versions of it on Youtube.
• Canada
24 Jul 07
Elusive Butterfly, Do you remember anything about the 'Song' version of this piece? Do you remember the artist who performed the song, the arrangers, etc? I have read this piece before and I agree that it is very nice and contains some definite words of wisdom - from not so long ago. I would like to experience the 'song' version of this, so I will do a search on my own, but if you do remember more details about the song version, can you message me or post the information? I will check back on this discussion again later. Thank you for posting the piece!
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• United States
26 Jul 07
I couldn't remember who performed it, but budsr03 did. You can check out the response below : )
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
25 Jul 07
That is beautiful, Elusive. It is filled with truth and asvice that everyone should take heed to. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I believe I had heard of it a long time ago, but my memory is not as good as it once was.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I received this poem, mounted from a high school teacher for my graduation. She knew I was some kind of a nut case and we had become pretty good friends through my last year of school. It is a beautiful piece. Given the turbulent times, this piece really is different. It reminds me of the song by Louie Armstrong - what a wonderful world - the piece does not fit the times, but they are similar.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
25 Jul 07
This is a very famous piece of writing, & well known. And so it should be. So many people can relate to these beauitiful words, even if their lives are nothing like this. I think it gives people a "grounding", something in life to work on.
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