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Beyond Blue

Desiderata: Go Placidly Amidst the Noise and Haste

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the poem “Desiderata.” The framed text hung in the laundry room of my childhood home, and every time I read it I came away with something new. The word “desiderata” is Latin for “desired things.” The the poignant poem was written by the American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), however it was generally unknown in his lifetime. I’m hoping the same will be true of everything I write. All I have to do is die first!


Here is the full text.

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 vexations 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 with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Amanda

    Words to live by – as in yours – hung in my home as a kid also. Original is now in front of me hanging over my desk. When my mom was alive I used to like to quote from it when she was down about something. Thanks for passing it on.


    p.s. I don’t think you have to die to be remembered. We dig you, and you’re still alive!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Margaret

    Thanks Therese. I haven’t read this in a long time. Good words to ponder.

    Hugs, M

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joan Strandquist

    I also have this framed and hanging in my home. I love this……I never knew who the author was…..At the bottom of the frame it says founded in St Pauls Church Baltomore, Md. 1692

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sue

    Thank you for this. I had forgotten this poem

  • http://thankyou! cheryl higgins

    this is a sweet spot ! great gratitude… flow in Om…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lu Ella

    Every time I read this it gives me renewed hopeand optimisim. It truly is a beautiful poem.

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