We hope that this Desiderata poem by Max Ehrmann plus video can uplift you in these unprecedented times. These are such important words for life. We live in modern and changing times, which now appear to be very uncertain. Just listen to the news, on your phone, tablet, and TV, and rarely, it’s from a positive perspective.
In our own lives, we all have bad days and times to cope with. In most cases, you can recover and come out the other side, a stronger and a better individual. My dogs have been such a help through these times.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall………….. Confucius
My favorite poem is a well-known poem called Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. The Latin meaning literally means – something that is needed or wanted.
I just find it so inspirational and uplifting and I do hope that you do also. Therefore, if you are feeling low and insecure and need something uplifting, then just listen to the video and read these fantastic words for life.
Lessons For Life:
The words should remind you to try to be kind to people, but be yourself, because most of us are finding the hard battle called life. – “As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.”
Also don’t give in to bullies or aggressive people, because all people have their own story to tell. – “even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.”
Above all, don’t compare yourself to other people and put yourself down, as most of us do. We are all unique. – “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”
It’s been said that the biggest reason for a bad day, is that people get up and go on social media and compare their lives to their friends, instead of focusing on their own and getting it sorted out.
The poem reminds you to be gentle with yourself, again we all keep putting ourselves down – ” Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.”
It keeps reminding you that this world is still beautiful, with kind and forgiving folks and dogs in it – “With all it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy”
Please enjoy the words and the video.
Desiderata Video and Poem:
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, it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
(c) Max Ehrmann
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