The other night I was going through a box of old mementos and I came across a little card my dear Aunt had given me some years back.
I remembered I enjoyed it at the time, but to stumble across it again now has touched me in a whole new way.
This little laminated card is the words of a prose poem called 'Desiderata' by an American writer by the name of Max Ehrmann.
'Desiderata' is Latin for "desired things" and succinctly and beautiful sums how to survive (and indeed, thriving) in life. Especially in spiritual terms.
I thought it was apt to share this with you now, during this busy Christmas build-up, when things can feel rather noisy and rather hasty....
An inspiring poem by Max Ehrmann, "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 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 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 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."
So now and always, go placidly my dear! May your festive season be full of laughter and love.
Feel free to leave a comment below with any insights these beautiful words have provided you or to share it with anyone it who will benefit from it.
Love Kate x