Perception is a peculiar phenomenon. It is not always the same as we might think. “What we believe affects what we receive.” Our influencing convictions are often formulated in a flash. Often we aren’t aware of how we are subtly affected.
I am most interested in what you think of the following very famous poem. Your opinions on it, how it made you feel, how much you liked it, how valuable it is to you?
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1927.
*Desiderata – Plural, Noun: Things desired as a necessity. Latin: “desired things”
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
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 vexatious 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
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
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.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
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