at a loss for everything. .I turn to Max Ehrman


Desiderata

Go placidly amid 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 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 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 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 critical 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 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 careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927


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2 responses to “at a loss for everything. .I turn to Max Ehrman

    • 🙂 when i was very sick in 1995 my doctor gave me a copy of this which i still have.

      ive read it so many times…and i wonder where ehrman was and what was on his mind when he wrote something so profound and perfect in 1927.

      For many years the author was unknown …what history…and what beautiful words to live by

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