Desiderata – Spoken Word

Desiderata – Poem by Max Ehrmann


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 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 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 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 with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

I enjoyed reading this poem,Ā I hope you enjoyed it too.

Self care day…yes, I am a believer. Anyhow…it includes a new spoken word poem with a movie of lots of pretty stuff and nice sounds…I’m kinda into it. lots of creative stress let me go…and I feel pretty darn good about myself already and it’s only 9:30 am! Bang a Gong people, I am rocking this acceptance shit, like right in this now, this is how we do it. Lol have the day! HA!

What are you up to? Let me know in the comments šŸ™‚

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  1. LionAroundWriting
    March 23, 2016

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. < That really stuck in my mind. Great piece.

    1. HA!
      March 23, 2016

      You know that’s the very line that made me want to read it. šŸ™‚ hey! Get outta my head! lol Thanks for the comment, I appreciate you. šŸ™‚ HA!


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