February 6, 2019. Wednesday.
Welcome to our first post & “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann,
I am so excited to be writing this, my first blog post! I have been thinking of blogging for awhile now & here it is, finally becoming a reality. Thank you for being here. The original plan was New Year’s Day first post. This day, my first post, is also my birthday. It feels wonderful & just right to be sending these powerful, comforting words into the world today!
I love words as so many of us do, & I love, love how they can pick us up, comfort, connect us to each other & oftentimes, the all of everything. When thinking about my blog, words, of course, came to mind. Not just any words, but words of good: empowering, thought-provoking, life changing – positive words to inspire & empower. And not my words to begin with, but the words of others I have been blessed with by their very existence. And I am double blessed by the authors’ bravery in sending them out into the world with no guarantees of success & all the promise of failure. When I really think about it, maybe it wasn’t just the art & craft of putting the right words in perfect order, but also the bravery to share. Reading good words has hugely impacted my life & often pushed me to think & grow. And, as I have just realized, inspired me to be a bit more brave in my own life. Hence, I am writing …
Written in 1927 by scholar & poet, Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata” was his philosophy of life – ‘what is to be desired’. I first saw it on a wall at Iowa State University in the Career Office way, way back when. It immediately struck me as the most comforting words I had ever read. I hope it will speak to you. I’ve read a lot more incredibly lovely words since then, but “Desiderata” still always comforts & empowers me. It’s my ‘word hug’. I am honored that “Desiderata” is on a wall in our own home where it still speaks frequently to me!
“Desiderata” is not a short poem, but it is so powerful & speaks so well to our troubled, scary times, that the few minutes it takes to read is, I believe, a truly worthwhile investment. While researching for this, my first post, I learned “Desiderata” is the most searched poem on the internet, second only to the Bible. So it seems, I am truly not alone with my love of these words! My hope is these words for a well-lived life will speak their wonderful wisdom for you.
Here, then, is:
“Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann
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 your 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.
I hope you love it as much as I do & will return often to remind yourself of the beauty in this world & your right to be here.
I will wrap up each post with a pic of our life & those in it. We are truly blessed!
Please meet Errold, one of our treasured, incredible Icelandic boys & a valued fiber crew member. Born in the spring of 2009, Errold is a cool guy & as you can see, very astute. He likes to hang out & enjoys his ‘pets’, especially under his chin!
Wishing you & yours all the Blessings of Good, Melinda