Inspiration Anyone?
Written by
K. M. Walton
April 2010
Written by
K. M. Walton
April 2010
Desiderata A woman I used to teach with emailed this to me back on October 17, 2008, to pick me up from my then query-woes. I have been saving it in my home inbox ever since, unsure as to when I should post it. Today is rather ordinary. No news of any kind for me. Sort of a limbo-kind-of-day. But for some reason I felt compelled to share Maybe one of you lovely readers may get a bit of something good from it. DESIDERATA By: Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who lived from 1872 to 1945 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.

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  • Mary Keating

    Thank you for sharing. This poem has been a part of my beautiful world for years. Although I have not read it in quite a while, it brough back many memories. I simply smiled as I read it this evening. As I continue redefining myself and retooling my belt, I thank you for sharing it with me (us) today - it was a needed bit of advice and guidance.

  • Maryann Byrne

    Thanks so much for sharing Desiderata. It is inspirational. Now I don't have to go hunt my copy.