The Desiderata

A somewhat forgotten mantra from the early 70's, it remains a beautiful and touching document, as relevant today as it ever was. In its time, the Desiderata hung on dorm room walls, was quoted by world leaders, and set to music in a spoken-word hit recording.

It was even preached from the pulpit. In fact, having been printed without attribution in a church bulletin whch listed the founding date of the church as 1692, it was often mistakenly credited to an anonymous17th-century author.

In actuality, it was written by a 20th Century Hoosier, Max Ehrmann of Terre Haute. A statue in his honor was erected there in 2010.

So, this is the Desiderata. If you enjoy it, hit the "Like" button and share it. And in the laid-back spirit of that optomistic era, if you truly take the words to heart, commit yourself to live it.

Peace, man. 



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 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 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 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 shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann of Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
Written in 1927
Public Domain