July 20, 2009

Desiderata

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--Description: 20th C, Ehrmann, M., Encouragement, Hope, Peace--

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.


Max Erhmann

--Did You Know: (September 26, 1872 - September 9, 1945) Ehrmann was an attorney and businessman of Terre Haute, Indiana, best known for his 1927 prose poem "Desiderata" (Latin: "things desired"). Ehrmann received a degree in English from DePauw University (1894) where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta's Beta Beta chapter.[3] Later he studied philosophy and law at Harvard.Ehrmann was of German descent; both his parents emigrated from Bavaria in the 1840s. Young Ehrmann was educated at the Terre Haute Fourth District School and the German Methodist Church.

--Word of the Day: leitmotif\LYT-moh-teef\, noun:
1. In music drama, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label.
2. A dominant and recurring theme.
Quotes:
Each actor to appear on stage is accompanied by a musical phrase on the drum -- a sort of leitmotif to characterize an emotion, much like a Wagnerian drama.
-Eleanor Blau, "Connecticut's Shakespeare", New York Times, July 9, 1982

--Quote of the Day: I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
-Elbert Hubbard

--French Word of the Day: appreciation
appreciation (gratefulness) nf la gratitude (reconnaissance)
appreciation (admiration) nf l'admiration (pour quelque chose)
appreciation (evaluation) nf l'appréciation (évaluation d'un prix, d'un objet)

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2 comments:

zorlone on July 21, 2009 at 8:23 AM said...

I read this poem back in college and inspired me to make my own version. I just couldn't remember who I gave that poem to.

Z

V. Mahfood on July 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM said...

I see! Well, it makes life so much easier thinking in accepting, peaceful terms like these! I'll have to read it more often to de-stress!

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