Friday, October 14, 2011


Written by Max Erhmann in the 1920's, he was a poet, a lawyer from 
Terre Haute, Indiana (1872-1945). It has been reported that  
Desiderata was inspired by an urge that he wrote about in his diary...
I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift
...a bit of a chaste prose
that had caught up some noble moods.”

The Wayof Desiderata are Lessons in the 21st Century
from the inspirational poem, Desiderata.
...a Latin phrase meaning “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 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 labours 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.

Merle Baird-Kerr (written March 20, 2011)

(Comments appreciated...scroll below)


  1. This is one of most favorite poems about life... and I follow its guidance as much as I strive to be happy. Its truly simple, concise & eleoquent in its delivery. A real Joy to read again !
    Thanks Merle,
    Sherrie xo

  2. Thank you, Sherrie! Really a classic piece of prose...which you originally sent me! Every human
    should have this framed and hung for daily view! and if they did, our World would be a Better Place!