Thursday, May 20, 2010


Please turn your speakers on for this post

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 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 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 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 perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to 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 in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c. 1920

This framed poem was hanging in the examining room of my new Rheumatologist' office and when I read it I knew I had a doctor who could help me and this beautiful poem has inspired me to create something in keeping with the teachings of the Dalai Lami.


  1. This is the truth - it is one of my favorite poems EVER - if only we could follow it. I need to reread this every day. sandie

  2. Miz. M. a beautiful post. I know how much we are alike. I love the Dali Lama and his teachings. I know some of them are different from Christianity, but some of them are just universal. Thomas Merton, one of my heroes, pointed that our. Your music choice is great too. I know the Rheumatologist will help you. Just keep on drawing on that strong inner you. Love ya

  3. Beautiful, just beautiful!! I always enjoy your playlist. I love to hear Andrea Bocelli sing. I think he has the voice of an angel.
    Have a blessed day.

  4. Still absolutely relevant today.. such wisdowm I love and admire. I am very much into the teachings of the Dalai Lame, and this is just on the right path! Have a truly glorious weekend Mollye m sweet friend! Suzie xx

  5. So very true!!!! I forgot about this wonderful poem....I remember liking it when I was in high it means more than ever....thank you for sharing! :)


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