Desiderata was originally written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann. The poem was written for a way of life and has been an inspiration to many.
Desiderata means Desired Things, things people want and need to make their life as fulfilling as possible for themselves and others. A few years ago I came across a shorter version of this poem by Pat Hill:
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.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing forces of time.
Take kindly to counsels of 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.
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.
You can find a full version of this poem on Wikipedia.org. Max Ehrmann also wrote several other poems now available in books. But he will always be remembered for Desiderata, his poem left an impact on people and when applied can be a great way for all to live their everyday life.
By Danielle Manibog
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