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Motivational Poem: Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

November 15, 2007 Leave a comment

A break from the Technical jargon, here is a quick read that I found to be a great motivational and uplifting piece. (Thanks Amy G!)

Ed M.


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 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 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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