“Desired things” – Written by Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945)

Go placidly amidst 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 vexatious 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 shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Sometimes we just need to take a step back and remind ourselves of all the above.

Its come around again quicker than before – IBOT is here.

Hop skip and jump over and see what else is going on this Tuesday.

January 15, 2013 - 6:38 am

Josefa @always Josefa - what a gorgeous, thought provoking post – I may be coming back to this post as the year unfolds xx
Josefa from #team IBOT

January 15, 2013 - 6:59 am

[email protected] - I love this. Beautiful. I’m going to hang on to your last words this year for myself – ‘strive to be happy’. I think that’s what we’re all supposed to do.

January 15, 2013 - 7:06 am

The Life of Clare - I love desiderata, it makes me stop and think every time!

January 15, 2013 - 8:37 am

Azara - I found this very soothing. Timeless words indeed.

Visiting from IBOT.

January 15, 2013 - 8:37 am

Lyndal - just beautiful hon.
love x

January 15, 2013 - 10:57 am

Kirsty @ My Home Truths - These words are so true, after so many years – incredible wisdom. Thanks for sharing!

January 15, 2013 - 11:15 am

Me - What a great post – imagine how cool it would be if EVERYONE lived like this – or at least strived to live like this ????
Have the best day !

January 15, 2013 - 11:43 am

Megan - Love this. I used to have it on the back of our toilet door, I now know the words off by heart.

January 15, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Aroha @ Colours of Sunset - thanks for sharing gorgeous lady. lots of lessons in there we can all strive to learn and embrace. x Aroha

January 15, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Emily - I totally adore this, I had it as a reading at my wedding service. Thanks for reminding me, I’m going to print it out now and put on my fridge! Emily

January 15, 2013 - 9:32 pm

EssentiallyJess - So beautiful. Thankyou xx

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