Happy New Year 2014

MollyandBeans.com Travel & Lifestyle BLOGI like to slowly read this beautiful and insightful prose poem every now and then, and thought it might be lovely way to start the year!  “Desiderata” which is Latin for “desired things” was written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann… Enjoy x

THE DESIDERATA OF HAPPINESS

GO PLACIDLY amidst 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 the dull and 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 bitter or vain, 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 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 imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.  Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  Your are a child of the universe, no less than tress 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 with your soul.  With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be CHEERFUL.  Strive to be HAPPY.

MAX EHRMANN

Happy New Year 2014!

Love, M+B

  • derek

    nice one Sarah.

    • Sarah B

      Thanks! XOXOX

  • lesley kim

    what a beautiful poem! i love inspirational and positive things! =

    http://www.lesley-kim.com

    • Sarah B

      Thanks Lesley!

      I love your blog by the way : ) XOX

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