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Desiderata

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I saw this on a poster at my hair salon, and since I'm a sucker for stuff like this, I thought I would post it.
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Desiderata
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 not this 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.
--- Max Ehrmann, 1927
 

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Max Ehrmann, born in Terre Haute IN in 1872, made his living practicing law and business. His real love, however, was writing, especially philosophical poems and plays.

"Desiderata," like his other works, did not attract much notice during his lifetime. Three years after his death in 1945, his widow tried to publicize "Desiderata," including it in a book "The Poems of Max Ehrmann."

In the late 1950s, Rev. Frederick Ward Kates, rector of Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore MD, was in the habit of mimeographing inspirational essays and poems, and putting them in the pews of his church. One year, Rev. Kates saw "Desiderata," probably in a magazine, and mimeographed it under the usual letterhead, "Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore, A.D. 1692," the year of the church's founding. As copies passed from hand to hand, and were even reprinted, the significance of the "Old St. Paul's Church" letterhead became confused.

By the 1960s, "Desiderata" had found its way to San Francisco "flower children," who embraced it as a supposedly centuries-old affirmation of love and peace. Low-budget printers eagerly ran off posters of what looked like a public-domain best seller. In 1965, after Adlai Stevenson's death, it became known he had intended to use it on his Christmas cards.

From: http://puebloadvocacy.com/desiderata/origins.htm
 
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