Desiderata – You are a Child of the Universe

My friend Cathy Battle ( check out her webpage ) shared a dash of this poem today. That sound you heard might have been the WHOOSH of me going back in time to my first reading of it in its entirety.  Written in 1927,  it confirms the understanding Truth is Timeless.  This is one of the things that seems to be swirling in my timeloop, coming around and showing up again just when I need it.

Today I offer you a multimedia presentation! Enjoy the video – Les Crane’s voice over words, and/or full poem for you to do your OWN voice reading as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNq_DTmVCWs

Max Ehrmann - Desiderata 01 Blip

 

Desiderata – Words for Life by  Max Ehrmann

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.

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