[MAD] Mary Ann & Don

“Gracefully surrendering the things of youth…”

Posted by madkingblog on February 3, 2009

A poem that is profoundly beautiful in  its simplicity.  It speaks to the depths of my soul.

“Desiderata” written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s

Go tranquilly 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 people.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive people, as they are irritants 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 people strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not falsify affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all disenchantment and despair it is perennnial 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 lonliness.

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, never doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive God 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.


2 Responses to ““Gracefully surrendering the things of youth…””

  1. Desiree said

    Girl! This is one of my all time favorites as well, it hit me like a brick wall when I saw it on your site. My mom has always told it to me, she calls it “Desi’s poem” because Desiderata is my name as well, just in another language. To find it on your site really hits home that you and I are kindred spirits. I love you!

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