Desiderata, Strive to be Happy.

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 its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

Desiderata” (Latin: “desired things”) is a prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972 called it to the attention of the world.

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52 thoughts on “Desiderata, Strive to be Happy.

  1. Excellent choice, Sunshiny. I have always enjoyed this poem. In fact, I have a plaque with this poem in my office, right over my desk as a reminder. It sits along with a copy of Isaiah 4:30; “So do not fear; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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  2. Desiderata was my favorite back in the days when I was in college. I love the song version of it too. And I love this line “You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here”.

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  3. This was my mother’s favorite poem. And everyone thought I’d named my youngest daughter Desi because of it, when in actuality, I’d seen the name on someone’s license plate and thought immediately that would be her name. I no longer believe in coincidences though; everything seems to be connected.

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